A small, well-forested mountain that is easily accessible from Dili. The forests are on non-calcareous substratum and are considered more species-rich than most other forests on Timor (FAO/UNDP 1982). The forest area is known in Indonesian as ‘Hutan Gunung Maelulu’ (RTK 5) (Ora 2000).
Fifteen restricted-range species have been recorded in this IBA, including several during a brief visit in 2006 in small patches of secondary forest and coffee plantation with Paraserianthes overstorey (Mayr 1944, CT pers. obs.). Ora (2000) reported the occurrence of the Critically Endangered Yellow-crested Cockatoo on the basis of interviews with forestry workers.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fatumasin. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 06/07/2020.