Santo Mountain Chain

Country/territory: Vanuatu

IBA criteria met: A1, A2 (2010)
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Area: 168,360 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2021 favourable high low
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Site description (2010 baseline)
This site comprises the mountain chain running down the western side of Espiritu Santo. It encompasses the five highest mountain peaks in the country, Mt Tabwemasana, Mt Kotamtam, Mt Tawaloala, Mt Santo and Mt Lolohoe.

Key biodiversity
Both the endangered Sant Cruz Ground Dove and the Vulnerable Santo Starling have been reported at this site, but rarely, in the last 40 years. Both the vulnerable Palm Lorikeet and Vanuatu Imperial-pigeon are present in good numbers inthe mountain range, and are more common above 500m - hence the lower altitudinal limit.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Santo Mountain Chain. Downloaded from on 24/02/2024.