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Location Madagascar, Antsiranana
Central coordinates 48o 4.00' East  13o 52.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 163,100 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)

Site description The site is composed of bays, rivers and estuaries located in the coastal zone of the Ampasindava peninsula. The relief of the peninsula is very much marked, with cuestas and outcrops of lias, sandstone and schist, dissected by many rivers (the main ones being the Bemanevika, Barimahamay and Anafiafy). The coastal vegetation consists of mangrove woodland, sometimes interrupted by littoral forest.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Among the 39 recorded species, 15 are endemic. A few Threskiornis (aethiopicus) bernieri occur, as well as some pairs of Haliaeetus vociferoides. According to local information, Anas bernieri breeds at the site.

Non-bird biodiversity: Lemurs: Eulemur macaco macaco (VU), Daubentonia madagascariensis (EN).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Madagascar Heron Ardea humbloti resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
Madagascar Fish-eagle Haliaeetus vociferoides resident  1997  2-3 breeding pairs  A1, A2, A3  Critically Endangered 
Coquerel's Coua Coua coquereli resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
other -
Notes: Firewood collection.

References Battistini (1959), Langrand (1987), Rabarisoa (1994), Rabarisoa et al. (1995), Watson et al. (1993).

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

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