Tongoa and Ambae

Country/territory: Vanuatu

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 4,200 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 high unfavourable negligible
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Site description
Tongoa is the largest island in the Shepherd Island group. It is well populated. The interior is densely forested with a summit elevation of 319m. Emae is in the middle of the Shepherd Island group. There are two volcanic cones in the middle of the island with highest elevation being 644m.

Key biodiversity
The site is selected because of its notable populations of Vanuatu Megapode and Royal Parrotfinch. A range of other restricted range species are also present.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tongoa and Ambae. Downloaded from on 05/12/2021.