There are 70 species of birds listed as protected in the Maldives. Their capture, trade and keeping in captivity is prohibited under the Environment Protection and Preservation Act. Many islands and sandbanks act as resting places for protected migratory birds, while others are used for nesting. 29 islands are bird resting islands. Of these, at least three are of significance. Olugiri in Baa Atoll is a regular roosting island for the Lesser Frigate (Fregata ariel) and a breeding island for tropical birds. Hithadhoo in Gaafu Alifu Atoll is an important roosting site for shearwaters and boobies, while Finolhu in Alifa Dhaalu Atoll is a sandbank for egg-laying terns.

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