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Location Madagascar, Toliara
Central coordinates 47o 0.00' East  24o 42.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 76,200 ha
Altitude 100 - 1,358m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)

Site description This site is located 9 km north of Tolagnaro, and includes Manantantely Forest (to the south of the Classified Forest) and the forest located between Bemangidy and Enanafia (to the north). The site is part of the Tsitongambarika massif, which is composed of a series of ridges that are aligned from north-east to south-west. The Manampanihy river flows northwards along the western boundary of the site. The vegetation is composed of low- and mid-altitude, dense, humid evergreen forest and sclerophyllous montane forest. At low altitudes, it is dominated by trees of Sorindeia, Ilex, Tambourissa, Oncostemum, Syzygium and Dracaena, with a canopy 15–25 m high. At mid-altitudes, trees of Macaranga and Oncostemon, as well as species of Moraceae, Myrtaceae, Guttiferae and Monimiaceae, are dominant, with a canopy 12–20 m high.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brown Mesite Mesitornis unicolor resident  1990  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Wood-rail Mentocrex kioloides resident  1990  present  A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Blue-pigeon Alectroenas madagascariensis resident  1990  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-fronted Coua Coua reynaudii resident  1990  present  A3  Least Concern 
Scaly Ground-roller Geobiastes squamiger resident  1990  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Nuthatch Vanga Hypositta corallirostris resident  1990  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Oxylabes Oxylabes madagascariensis resident  1990  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spectacled Tetraka Bernieria zosterops resident  1990  present  A3  Least Concern 
Nelicourvi Weaver Ploceus nelicourvi resident  1990  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Tsitongambarika Classified Forest 0 protected area contained by site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   100%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Lemur: Eulemur fulvus collaris (VU).

Related state of the world's birds case studies

References Goodman et al. (1997), Hagen (1991), Milon (1948), Projet CAF/APN (1998), Projet COEFOR/CI SRF-DEF (1993), Rand (1951).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tsitongambarika Classified Forest and surrounding areas. Downloaded from on 01/10/2014

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