Mnazi Bay

Country/territory: Tanzania

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

Nature Tanzania
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2011 not assessed very high high
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Site description (2001 baseline)
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 (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mnazi Bay. Downloaded from on 27/09/2023.