Ambrym West

Country/territory: Vanuatu

IBA criteria met: A1, A2 (2010)
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Area: 17,605 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2021 favourable medium low
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Site description (2010 baseline)
The north and north west coast of Ambrym comprises considerable areas of forest together with gardens around the inhabited areas. The island rises to 5 volcanic mountain peaks all around or above 1,000m asl.

Key biodiversity
The site is selected primarily for its high density of Vanuatu Megapodes, both in terms of calling birds and the presence of the only known 3 figure nesting burrow colony at Buwoma Beach. Local information indicates that numbers of birds and/or numbers of eggs in this colony have been declining in recent years.

Non-bird biodiversity: Coconut crab Birgus latro

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ambrym West. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.