Malden Island

Country/territory: Kiribati

IBA criteria met: A4ii, A4iii (2008)
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Area: 3,755 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2007 not assessed not assessed not assessed
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Site description (baseline)
Malden Island is low and flat. At the centre is an extensive, shallow, lagoon which contains numerous small islets and ridges composed of coral rubble. The island rises steeply from the shore in a series of sand and rubble ridges, particularly on the northern coasts, where the island is exposed to northern Pacific swells and storms.

Key biodiversity
A substantial seabird colony.

Non-bird biodiversity: Green turtles nest in small numbers.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Malden Island. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.