|Central coordinates||46o 56.00' East 16o 35.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Altitude||38 - 100m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site consists of Lakes Ambanja, Vasily, Belongo and Manapatanana, located near Ambato-Boeni, and of Lakes Amparihibe, Mangabe, Bekopoly, Ambariasara and Bevoatavo, in the area of Maevatanana. The general area consists of a number of very large depressions, mainly covered (near Ambato-Boeni) by seasonal marshes which have been converted to rice-fields and other cultivation, and (near Maevatanana) by marshes and lakes. The main rivers are the Kamoro river, which flows across the Ambato-Boeni area, and the Betsiboka river, which flows west from Ambato-Boeni then south towards Maevatanana and which feeds the south of this area. The vegetation of the lakes includes beds of Cyperus, reedbeds of Phragmites, floating expanses of water-lily Nymphaea, non-native water-hyacinth Eichhornia and water-fern Azolla. On adjacent hills there are bushes of Zizyphus and Strychnos.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Madagascar Grebe Tachybaptus pelzelnii||resident||1998||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Madagascar Heron Ardea humbloti||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A2, A3||Endangered|
|Madagascar Fish-eagle Haliaeetus vociferoides||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A2, A3||Critically Endangered|
|Madagascar Jacana Actophilornis albinucha||resident||1998||present||-||A2||Near Threatened|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Reptile: Erymnochelys madagascariensis (EN).
References Decary (1932), Moureau (1956), Pidgeon (1996), Tercinier (1952).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Maevatanana - Ambato-Boeni wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/07/2014
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