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Location Madagascar, Antsiranana
Central coordinates 49o 24.00' East  14o 33.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 32,090 ha
Altitude 500 - 2,064m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)



Site description This site is a highly indented mountainous massif, composed of migmatite, quartzite and granite, and with steep slopes. Its north-eastern part, which is steeper, is part of the crystalline edge of the Andapa basin. Annual rainfall can exceed 3,000 mm at the higher altitudes. The reserve is the most important watershed for the rivers flowing to the north and the south of the Andapa basin to join the rivers flowing to the east. The main rivers are the Andramonta in the north, the Marolakana in the centre, and the Ankaibe and Manandriana in the south-east. Three types of vegetation can be found: low-altitude, dense, humid evergreen forest (up to 900 m); mid-altitude, dense, humid evergreen forest (900–1,100 m); and dense montane forest (above 1,100 m). Notable forest trees include Dalbergia, Diospyros, Weinmannia and Eugenia.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The site holds most of the species that are characteristic of the eastern forest.

Non-bird biodiversity: Lemurs: Allocebus trichotis (CR), Eulemur rubriventer (VU), Indri indri (EN), Propithecus diadema candidus (EN), Daubentonia madagascariensis (EN). Carnivores: Cryptoprocta ferox (VU), Fossa fossana (VU).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Madagascar Crested Ibis Lophotibis cristata resident  1994  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Madagascar Serpent-eagle Eutriorchis astur resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
Madagascar Sparrowhawk Accipiter madagascariensis resident  1994  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Henst's Goshawk Accipiter henstii resident  1994  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Brown Mesite Mesitornis unicolor resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Flufftail Sarothrura insularis resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Wood-rail Mentocrex kioloides resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Blue-pigeon Alectroenas madagascariensis resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Coua Coua serriana resident  1994  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Red-fronted Coua Coua reynaudii resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Coua Coua caerulea resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Collared Nightjar Gactornis enarratus resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Short-legged Ground-roller Brachypteracias leptosomus resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Scaly Ground-roller Geobiastes squamiger resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Pitta-like Ground-roller Atelornis pittoides resident  1994  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-headed Ground-roller Atelornis crossleyi resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Velvet Asity Philepitta castanea resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sunbird Asity Neodrepanis coruscans resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-bellied Asity Neodrepanis hypoxantha resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Bernier's Vanga Oriolia bernieri resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Helmet Vanga Euryceros prevostii resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Nuthatch Vanga Hypositta corallirostris resident  1994  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Dark Newtonia Newtonia amphichroa resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Newtonia Newtonia fanovanae resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Ward's Flycatcher Pseudobias wardi resident  1994  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Crossley's Babbler Mystacornis crossleyi resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Emu-tail Dromaeocercus brunneus resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Oxylabes Oxylabes madagascariensis resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spectacled Tetraka Bernieria zosterops resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-crowned Tetraka Bernieria cinereiceps resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Cryptic Warbler Cryptosylvicola randrianasoloi resident  1994  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Yellowbrow Crossleyia xanthophrys resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Rand's Warbler Randia pseudozosterops resident  1994  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Green Jery Neomixis viridis resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Wedge-tailed Jery Neomixis flavoviridis resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Forest Rock-thrush Monticola sharpei resident  1994  present  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 
Nelicourvi Weaver Ploceus nelicourvi resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Fody Foudia omissa resident  1994  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve 18,256 protected area contained by site 18,256  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   1%
Unknown   2%
Forest   95%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
water management -

References Goodman (1998), Halleux and Goodman (1994), Hawkins (1995a), Hawkins et al. (1998), Nicoll and Langrand (1989), Rand (1936), Thiollay (1998).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/12/2014

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