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Location Madagascar, Toliara
Central coordinates 46o 34.00' East  24o 53.00' South
IBA criteria A2, A3
Area 12,420 ha
Altitude 120 - 1,006m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)

Site description Parcel II of Andohahela National Park is located 52 km from Ambovombe, south of the Mananara river. It extends over a calcareous plateau, with a series of undulating hills that peak at 1,006 m (Vohidagoro). On the plateau, the vegetation is composed of xerophilous bushland of Didiereaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Leguminosae and Crassulaceae. Higher areas are dominated by dwarf Aloe, with Pachypodium on the highest areas.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Eighty-three species are known from this site, of which 31 are endemic to Madagascar. Although Parcels I and II are only separated by a few kilometres, their bird faunas are quite different. Andohahela is the only protected area in Madagascar which contains a contact area between two biogeographical regions: humid forest (confined to Parcel I) and spiny forest (Parcel II). Interesting endemic species include Falco zoniventris, four species of Coua, Newtonia archboldi and six species of vanga (Vangidae). Species of global conservation concern include Ardeola idae.

Non-bird biodiversity: Plant: Alluaudia ascendens is endemic to the Mandrare region. Lemurs: Lemur catta (VU), Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi (VU), Phaner furcifer (probably P. f. pallescens) (VU). Carnivore: Cryptoprocta ferox (VU).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Coua ruficeps resident  1995  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Giant Coua Coua gigas resident  1995  present  A3  Least Concern 
Running Coua Coua cursor resident  1995  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Lafresnaye's Vanga Xenopirostris xenopirostris resident  1995  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Sickle-billed Vanga Falculea palliata resident  1995  present  A3  Least Concern 
Archbold's Newtonia Newtonia archboldi resident  1995  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Thamnornis Warbler Thamnornis chloropetoides resident  1995  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Sakalava Weaver Ploceus sakalava resident  1995  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Andohahela National Park 72,768 protected area contains site 12,420  
Rainforests of the Atsinanana World Heritage Site 479,661 protected area contains site 12,420  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   63%
Grassland   7%
Forest   29%

Land use

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

References Goodman et al. (1997), Griveaud and Peyrieras (1972), Hawkins and Goodman (1999), Jenkins (1987), Nicoll and Langrand (1989), Schulenberg et al. (1993).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Andohahela National Park - Section II. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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