Damar Island

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Wurlali

Damar Island (Indonesian: Pulau Damar) is a small volcanic island in the Barat Daya Islands group in Indonesia's Maluku province, on the southern side of the Banda Sea.

Description[edit]

Damar is about 20 km long by 18 km wide. It lies about 125 km east of Romang and 200 km east of Wetar. The northern part of the island has been largely cleared for dryland farming of coconuts, cashews, coffee beans, cocoa beans, cloves and nutmegs, while the southern part is still mainly forested. Habitation is concentrated in the north and east; most islanders are farmers or fishers.[1] The highest point of the island is 868 m Mount Wurlali, an andesitic stratovolcano.[2]

Important Bird Area[edit]

Damar Flycatcher; 1901 illustration by John Gerrard Keulemans

The forested part of the island has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area because it supports the endemic Damar Flycatcher, which is largely restricted to lowland evergreen forest habitat.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pulau Damar". Important Bird Areas factsheet. BirdLife International. 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  2. ^ "Wurlali". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 

Coordinates: 07°08′30″S 128°36′45″E / 7.14167°S 128.61250°E / -7.14167; 128.61250