Koroyanitu / Vaturu

Country/territory: Fiji

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2006)
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Area: 17,100 ha

Protection status:

NatureFiji - MareqetiViti
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2018 medium near favourable low
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Site description
Vaturu is the water catchment for the Vaturu Dam, the main water supply for the town and port of Nadi. Koroyanitu is the forested part of the Mt Evans mountain range to the west of Viti Levu’s central highlands, containing Mt Koroyanitu, Fiji’s third highest peak (1,195m asl). It is only 16 km from Lautoka, Fiji’s second largest city. 

Key biodiversity
Koroyanitu and Vaturu are important in conserving the geographical distribution of Fiji's restricted-range species. They have drier forests than those in eastern Viti Levu and support a different sub-set of Fiji’s forest birds.The nationally threatened Peregrine Falcon nests in the Koroyanitu cliffs and hunts over the IBA. A1 Globally threatened species * Friendly Ground-dove (VU) – fairly common at Vaturu * Black-faced Shrikebill (VU) – rare at Vaturu * Masked Shining Parrot (NT) – fairly common at Vaturu and Koroyanitu A2 Restricted-range species 22 species (out of 25 on Viti Levu), including two of the three endemic to Viti Levu.

Non-bird biodiversity: Koroyanitu and the Mt Evans range is a hot-spot for endemic plants including two species found nowhere else in the world, Aglaia evansensis (CR) and Syzygium minus (EN). The vertebrate fauna of Koroyanitu includes the Fijian Tree Frog (NT), but no biodiversity surveys have been undertaken at Vaturu.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Koroyanitu / Vaturu. Downloaded from on 28/10/2020.