Country/territory: Solomon Islands

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2012)
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Area: 12,862 ha

Site description
Ghizo is a densely populated island, by Solomon standards, with a substantial number of micronesians who have been relocated from Kiribati in the 1970s.

Key biodiversity
The splendid white-eye, an endangered species is endemic to the island of Ghizo, making the site an AZE. The native habitat for the species, primary rain forest has been largely clearfelled - so the status of the species remains unclear. Information, from visiting birdwatchers, indicates that the bird is still present in reasonable numbers at various locations along the roadside, etc.

Non-bird biodiversity: Ghizo has not been well surveyed.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gizo. Downloaded from on 21/03/2023.