North-west Vella Lavella

Country/territory: Solomon Islands

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2010)
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Area: 14,641 ha

Site description
The aim of this site is to protect the Monarcha and Zosterops species that have resulted in considerable speciation in a very small area. The site includes forested tracks on Vella Lavella, Ranongga and Ghizo.

Key biodiversity
3 spp of Zosterops are restricted to his island group - indeed individual species are restricted to one or two islands only, within this group. Other species may show the same level of speciation - but haven't currently been studied to the same extent.

Non-bird biodiversity: No studies available.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: North-west Vella Lavella. Downloaded from on 21/03/2023.