Country/territory: Fiji

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2006)
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Area: 4,200 ha

Protection status:

NatureFiji - MareqetiViti
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2018 medium near favourable negligible
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Site description
The IBA consists of the main island of Rotuma and associated small satellite islets.  The main island is a shield volcano divided into two parts by a sandy isthmus, with coastal terraces, a central plateau (30-60m asl) and steep volcanic cones.

Key biodiversity
The total world populations of the Rotuman Myzomela and the Rotuman subspecies of Polynesian Starling A. t. rotumae and Lesser Shrikebill C. v.wiglesworthi occur in this IBA. Rotuma also supports isolated outlying populations of Crimson-crowned Fruit-dove and Polynesian Triller. The offshore islets of Ha’atana, Hofliua and Hatawa have nationally significant seabird colonies. A1 (globally threatened species) * [Bristle-thighed Curlew (VU) – non-breeding visitor in unknown but probably very small numbers] * Rotuman Myzomela (VU) – common to abundant across the island A2 (restricted-range species) Five species (compared to 35 on the main Fiji group).

Non-bird biodiversity: Rotuma has one other endemic vertebrate, the Rotuman Forest Gecko, and two other lizards endemic to Fiji, the Green Tree Skink and Barred Tree Skink.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rotuma. Downloaded from on 22/10/2019.