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Location Madagascar, Antsiranana
Central coordinates 49o 34.00' East  13o 19.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 30,263 ha
Altitude 100 - 1,171m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)

Site description The site consists of the second parcel of the Binara Forest, which is part of the Daraina Forest. It is located on a mountainous massif with steep, rocky slopes. The headwaters of several rivers lie in the site. The forest is divided into two adjacent blocks. The western block, Andrangovato Forest, is composed of dense, dry, semi-deciduous forest (10–20 m high), while the other block, Andranofotitra Forest, is composed of dense, humid evergreen forest (up to c.25 m). The most characteristic tree species are those of the Sapotaceae, Rubiaceae, Loganiaceae, Acanthaceae, Asclepiadaceae and Guttiferae. Most of them are food sources for lemurs. Areas of primary forest are separated by relatively old secondary forests and by savanna.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. There is an unusual mixture of eastern and western species in the different types of forest; however, the areas of humid forest seem to be somewhat depauperate in comparison to other lowland forests.

Non-bird biodiversity: Lemurs: Eulemur coronatus (VU), E. fulvus sanfordi (VU), Propithecus tattersalli (CR), Daubentonia madagascariensis (EN).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Madagascar Crested Ibis Lophotibis cristata resident  1998  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Madagascar Sparrowhawk Accipiter madagascariensis resident  1998  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Henst's Goshawk Accipiter henstii resident  1998  present  A1  Near Threatened 
White-breasted Mesite Mesitornis variegatus resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Coquerel's Coua Coua coquereli resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Coua Coua serriana resident  1998  present  A2  Least Concern 
Short-legged Ground-roller Brachypteracias leptosomus resident  1998  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Scaly Ground-roller Geobiastes squamiger resident  1998  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 
Sickle-billed Vanga Falculea palliata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Rock-thrush Monticola sharpei resident  1998  present  A1, A2  Least Concern 
Sakalava Weaver Ploceus sakalava resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -

Further web sources of information 

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) species/site profile. This site has been identified as an AZE due to it containing a Critically Endangered or Endangered species with a limited range.

References BIODEV Madagascar (1998), Meyers and Ratsirarson (1988), Projet CAF/APN (1998).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Daraina Forest. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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