|Central coordinates||47o 44.00' East 15o 25.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Altitude||50 - 80m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description This vast complex of wetlands lies on the flood-plain of the Bemarivo river, and includes water-bodies near Mahajamba (Lakes Andranolava, Mafana and Faly, and the Bekapila flood-plain), water-bodies near Port-Bergé (Lakes Besisika, Matsaborifanjava, Ampahaka and Ampombitika-Bezanadaoka—the only large and deep lake—and the Sofia river), and Lake Bekatra near Antsohihy. Lake-margin vegetation includes beds of Cyperus and reed Phragmites. Agriculture predominates in between the wetlands, particularly rice-fields, but there are also areas of dense, dry deciduous forest, savanna (sometimes with palms Bismarckia), and areas dominated by the non-native bush Mimosa pudica.
Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Sixty-eight species are known from the site, of which 14 are endemic to Madagascar. A nesting colony of Mycteria ibis is known from the region, and other species such as Ardea humbloti may nest locally.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Madagascar Teal Anas bernieri||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A2, A3||Endangered|
|Madagascar Heron Ardea humbloti||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A2, A3||Endangered|
|Madagascar Jacana Actophilornis albinucha||resident||1998||present||-||A2||Near Threatened|
|Coua ruficeps||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Not Recognised|
|Sickle-billed Vanga Falculea palliata||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
References Evans et al. (1994).
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