TZ028
Mnazi Bay


Country/territory: Tanzania

IBA Criteria met: A4i (2001)
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Area: 10,000 ha

Protection status:

Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2011 very high not assessed high
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Site description
Mnazi is a shallow bay just to the north of the Ruvuma river. It is protected on the seaward side by the Rawira peninsula to the south and by a series of small islands to the north.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. The site’s avifauna is poorly known. It is believed to be important for waterbirds, particularly waders. A count of 3,000 Dromas ardeola was recorded at the site in the 1960s, but a count in 1995 recorded only 750 birds. Seven species of the East African Coast biome have been recorded at the site (see Table 3).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mnazi Bay. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/08/2019.