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Location Madagascar, Toamasina
Central coordinates 48o 21.00' East  18o 52.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 5,400 ha
Altitude 925 - 1,038m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)



Site description Torotorofotsy is the largest and most intact natural marsh in eastern Madagascar. It is located c.7 km north-west of Andasibe, being delimited in the west by the Angavo river and in the east by the Betsimisaraka escarpment. The marsh lies in a basin, elongated along a north-east–south-west axis, and has an indented boundary. It is surrounded by convex hills, with three isolated hillocks in its centre. The Sahaparasy river flows across the marsh. Seventy percent of the site’s area is covered by marshy grassland, with permanently waterlogged and peaty soils in the basin, dominated by spike-rushes Eleocharis (80 cm to 1 m high), ferns Osmunda, sedges Cyperus and lianoid sedges Scleria (2–3 m high). At the basin overflow and along the western edge there is marshy forest, with abundant screw-pines Pandanus, palms Vonitra and Voacanga trees, while the whole marsh is surrounded by degraded humid evergreen forest (dominated by secondary species such as Harungana and Dichaetanthera) and wooded savanna. The marsh has poor fish-stocks (the water being relatively acid and nutrient-poor), and fishing is not a significant activity.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Meller's Duck Anas melleri resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
Madagascar Flufftail Sarothrura insularis resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Flufftail Sarothrura watersi resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
Madagascar Rail Rallus madagascariensis resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Snipe Gallinago macrodactyla resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Blue-pigeon Alectroenas madagascariensis resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-fronted Coua Coua reynaudii resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Coua Coua caerulea resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Pitta-like Ground-roller Atelornis pittoides resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Dark Newtonia Newtonia amphichroa resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Ward's Flycatcher Pseudobias wardi resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Emu-tail Amphilais seebohmi resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A2  Least Concern 
White-throated Oxylabes Oxylabes madagascariensis resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Spectacled Tetraka Bernieria zosterops resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Green Jery Neomixis viridis resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Nelicourvi Weaver Ploceus nelicourvi resident  1993-1994  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
other -
Notes: Firewood collection; collection of leaves for basketwork.
not utilised -

References Hawkins (1997), Pidgeon (1996), Rasoavarimanana (1988).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Torotorofotsy Wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/04/2014

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