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Location Madagascar, Toamasina
Central coordinates 47o 53.00' East  19o 35.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 30,690 ha
Altitude 1,300 - 1,500m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)



Site description The site is located 18 km south-east of Tsinjoarivo. Its rugged terrain of high, rounded hills is furrowed by narrow valleys. The Onive river flows through the southern part of the site. The mid-altitude, dense, humid evergreen forest has a canopy 10–15 m high, dominated by trees of Deinbollia, Dombeya, Ocotea, Tambourissa, Nuxia and Weinmannia.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Seventy-one species are known from the site, of which 44 are endemic to Madagascar. The bird community is characteristic of mid-altitude humid forest.

Non-bird biodiversity: Lemurs: Eulemur rubriventer (VU), Varecia variegata variegata (EN), Propithecus diadema diadema (EN). Carnivores: Fossa fossana (VU), Cryptoprocta ferox (VU).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Henst's Goshawk Accipiter henstii resident  1998  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Madagascar Flufftail Sarothrura insularis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Wood-rail Mentocrex kioloides resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Blue-pigeon Alectroenas madagascariensis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-fronted Coua Coua reynaudii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Coua Coua caerulea resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Short-legged Ground-roller Brachypteracias leptosomus resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Pitta-like Ground-roller Atelornis pittoides resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-headed Ground-roller Atelornis crossleyi resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Velvet Asity Philepitta castanea resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sunbird Asity Neodrepanis coruscans resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Nuthatch Vanga Hypositta corallirostris resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Dark Newtonia Newtonia amphichroa resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ward's Flycatcher Pseudobias wardi resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Brown Emu-tail Dromaeocercus brunneus resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Oxylabes Oxylabes madagascariensis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spectacled Tetraka Bernieria zosterops resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-crowned Tetraka Bernieria cinereiceps resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Cryptic Warbler Cryptosylvicola randrianasoloi resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Yellowbrow Crossleyia xanthophrys resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Rand's Warbler Randia pseudozosterops resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Green Jery Neomixis viridis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Rock-thrush Monticola sharpei resident  1998  present  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 
Nelicourvi Weaver Ploceus nelicourvi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Fody Foudia omissa resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Onive Classified Forest 30,690 is identical to site 30,690  

Land use

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

References Delacour (1930), Projet COEFOR/CI SRF-DEF (1993), Rainiberiaka and Tida (1996), Ratsimba Arimino (1998).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Onive Classified Forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014

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