East Makira

Country/territory: Solomon Islands

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2010)
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Area: 182,550 ha

Site description
The Bauro Highlands of central Makira contain some of the countries last extensive lowland forest tracts. The site stretches from the southern coastline of rocky cliffs inland to the montane forest on some of the islands highest peaks at 1200m.

Key biodiversity
13 island endemic species of which 11 were recently recorded in this site as well as 5 other globally threatened species. The 2 remaining, Makira Moorhen and thick-billed ground dove, haven't been seen for over 50 years.

Non-bird biodiversity: Five Restricted Range bats and a potential new species of endemic giant rat (Solomys sp). 

2 spp of fig have been identified as being endemic.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: East Makira. Downloaded from on 25/09/2022.