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Location Madagascar, Toliara
Central coordinates 44o 39.00' East  20o 2.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 112,000 ha
Altitude 1 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)



Site description The site lies on the Menabe coastal plain, between the Andranomena and Tsiribihina rivers, 30 km north of Morondava. It includes Amborompotsy (Kirindy) Forest, Andranomena Special Reserve, Analabe Private Reserve and Ampataka Classified Forest. It is delimited in the west by mangroves, and, in the east, by the Bongolava plateau. Several seasonal watercourses cross the forest, flowing during the wet season. There are also small seasonal lakes, mostly in the southern part of the site. Amborompotsy is a dense, dry deciduous forest, 12–15 m high on average, and dominated by trees of Adansonia (up to 20 m), Commiphora, Securinega, Poupartia, Baudounia, Dalbergia and Cedrelopsis. The ground layer (1–5 m high) is very dense, with most woody species being evergreen. Andranomena Forest, 15 km south-west of Amborompotsy, is similar in structure and plant-species composition, with, however, a more pronounced abundance of certain taxa, e.g. Euphorbia and Givotia.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Large numbers of waterbirds occur in the area. It is one of the six sites known for Mesitornis variegata.

Non-bird biodiversity: Lemurs: Mirza coquereli (VU), Phaner furcifer pallescens (VU), Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi (VU). Carnivores: Mungotictis decemlineata decemlineata (VU), Cryptoprocta ferox (VU). Rodent: Hypogeomys antimena (EN). Reptiles: Pyxis planicauda (EN), Furcifer labordi (VU), Boa dumerili (VU).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Madagascar Grebe Tachybaptus pelzelnii resident  1993  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor non-breeding  1993  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Madagascar Crested Ibis Lophotibis cristata resident  1993  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Madagascar Pond-heron Ardeola idae breeding  1993  present  A1  Endangered 
Madagascar Sparrowhawk Accipiter madagascariensis resident  1993  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Henst's Goshawk Accipiter henstii resident  1993  present  A1  Near Threatened 
White-breasted Mesite Mesitornis variegatus resident  1993  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Jacana Actophilornis albinucha resident  1993  present  A2  Near Threatened 
Coua ruficeps resident  1993  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Giant Coua Coua gigas resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Coquerel's Coua Coua coquereli resident  1993  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Schlegel's Asity Philepitta schlegeli resident  1993  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Sickle-billed Vanga Falculea palliata resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sakalava Weaver Ploceus sakalava resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Analabe Private Reserve 2,000 protected area contained by site 2,000  
Andranomena Special Reserve 7,822 protected area contained by site 7,822  
Kirindy Forest Reserve 10,000 protected area contained by site 10,000  

Land use

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

Further web sources of information 

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) species/site profile. This site has been identified as an AZE due to it containing a Critically Endangered or Endangered species with a limited range.

References Appert (1985, 1996), Bloxam et al. (1993), Cabalzar (1993), Durrell et al. (1989), Ganzhorn and Sorg (1996), Hawkins (1993b, 1994c, d, 1995c, 1996), Hawkins and Wilmé (1996), Hladik (1980), Nicoll and Langrand (1989), Ramanitra et al. (1993), Sauvegarde et Aménagement des Forêts–Côte Ouest [SAF-CO] (1992), Steinbacher (1972), Walter (1979), Werding (1972).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Menabe forest complex. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/12/2014

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