Monte Diatuto

Country/territory: Timor-Leste

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2007)
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Area: 37,486 ha

Site description
Described as “steep mountains and hills covered in rather stunted ultra basic forests, disturbed in the lower parts but quite well formed on the summits” (FAO/UNDP (1982). This area was considered one of the three highest priorities for conservation of biodiversity in Timor-Leste by FAO/UNDP (1982), and with high socio-economic value such as watershed maintenance. Known in Indonesian as ‘Hutan Querelau Lauberio’ (RTK 11) (Ora 2000). The habitat is described as semi-evergreen monsoon forest, locally heavily degraded and now mostly confined to the upper ridges, with grazed Eucalyptus woodland elsewhere on the ridges (Mauro 2003).

Key biodiversity
Fourteen restricted-range species have been recorded in this IBA, including the Endangered Timor Imperial-pigeon and Timor Green-pigeon (Mauro 2003).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Monte Diatuto. Downloaded from on 17/01/2022.