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Location Madagascar, Mahajanga
Central coordinates 44o 43.00' East  16o 16.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 90,110 ha
Altitude 0 - 40m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)



Site description The site is located about 70 km north-east of Besalampy. The relief is low and soils are sandy. Habitats include forest, lakes and mangrove. The forest area is composed of dense, dry deciduous forest with a high, closed canopy, dominated by Dalbergia and bordered, in the east, by savanna. The savanna is wooded with palms Bismarckia, screw-pine Pandanus, Albizia and tamarind Tamarindus. Lake-margin vegetation includes water-lilies (Nymphaeaceae), legumes (Leguminosae), sedges (Cyperaceae), screw-pines (Pandanaceae) and grasses (Gramineae). The mangrove is dominated by trees of Rhizophora, Avicennia, Sonneratia and Ceriops.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Madagascar Grebe Tachybaptus pelzelnii resident  1998  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Crested Ibis Lophotibis cristata resident  1998  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Madagascar Fish-eagle Haliaeetus vociferoides resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Critically Endangered 
Madagascar Jacana Actophilornis albinucha resident  1998  present  A2  Near Threatened 
Giant Coua Coua gigas resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Coquerel's Coua Coua coquereli resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Sickle-billed Vanga Falculea palliata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sakalava Weaver Ploceus sakalava resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
other -
Notes: Collection of wild tubers and honey.

Other biodiversity Lemur: Hapalemur griseus occidentalis (VU). Reptile: Boa madagascariensis (VU).

References Decary (1932), Rossi (1977).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cape Saint André Forest and Wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/10/2014

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