Mwali highlands - Marine

Country/territory: Comoros

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 43,743 ha

Protection status:

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the Comoros Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Indian Ocean, Western FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 377 km2 and borders the coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 1312 m and mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 27.13 and 27.28 °C.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colony; Mwali highlands include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Audubon's Shearwater (LC) 900-900 individuals.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mwali highlands - Marine. Downloaded from on 10/07/2020.