SO004
Guadalcanal Watersheds


Country/territory: Solomon Islands

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2010)
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Area: 376,146 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2019 low not assessed not assessed
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Site description
The site includes forest catchments and lowland valleys through to montane forest. Both Mount Popomanaseu and Mount Makarakomburu are included within the site - the highest mountains in the Solomon Islands.

Key biodiversity
Three of the montane species are endemic to the island, Guadalcanaria inexpectata, Myzomela melanocephala and Zoothera turipavae, while 3 other species occur only here and in Bougainville, PNG and 1 is also associated with the high mountain range of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. The lowland forests contain Centropus milo, Columba pallidiceps and Lorius chlorocercus, while there have been a number of recent sightings of Nesoclopeus woodfordi on Guadalcanal.

Non-bird biodiversity: 1 species of endemic montane snail species. Species of monkey-faced bat (Pteralopex pulchra) is known from only one specimen.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Guadalcanal Watersheds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/10/2021.