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Location Madagascar, Fianarantsoa
Central coordinates 47o 28.00' East  21o 16.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 41,713 ha
Altitude 400 - 1,374m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)



Site description Ranomafana National Park is located 45 km north-east of Fianarantsoa. The forested terrain comprises a succession of hills and summits, separated by narrow valleys and lowlands. The Namorona river flows across the park. Three types of forest are present: the low- and mid-altitude, dense, humid evergreen forest and the sclerophyllous montane forest. Marshes have formed on the sites of former rice-fields; the IBA includes c.100 ha of marsh outside the park.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Meller's Duck Anas melleri non-breeding  1993  present  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
Madagascar Crested Ibis Lophotibis cristata resident  1993  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Madagascar Marsh-harrier Circus macrosceles resident  1993  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Sparrowhawk Accipiter madagascariensis resident  1993  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Henst's Goshawk Accipiter henstii resident  1993  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Brown Mesite Mesitornis unicolor resident  1993  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Flufftail Sarothrura insularis resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Flufftail Sarothrura watersi resident  1987  present  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
Madagascar Wood-rail Mentocrex kioloides resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Rail Rallus madagascariensis resident  1993  present  A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Snipe Gallinago macrodactyla resident  1993  present  A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Blue-pigeon Alectroenas madagascariensis resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-fronted Coua Coua reynaudii resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Coua Coua caerulea resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Collared Nightjar Gactornis enarratus resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Short-legged Ground-roller Brachypteracias leptosomus resident  1993  present  A2  Vulnerable 
Scaly Ground-roller Geobiastes squamiger resident  1993  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Pitta-like Ground-roller Atelornis pittoides resident  1993  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-headed Ground-roller Atelornis crossleyi resident  1993  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Velvet Asity Philepitta castanea resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sunbird Asity Neodrepanis coruscans resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-bellied Asity Neodrepanis hypoxantha resident  1993  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Pollen's Vanga Xenopirostris polleni resident  1993  present  A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Nuthatch Vanga Hypositta corallirostris resident  1993  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Dark Newtonia Newtonia amphichroa resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ward's Flycatcher Pseudobias wardi resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Crossley's Babbler Mystacornis crossleyi resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Emu-tail Amphilais seebohmi resident  1993  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Brown Emu-tail Dromaeocercus brunneus resident  1993  present  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Oxylabes Oxylabes madagascariensis resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spectacled Tetraka Bernieria zosterops resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-crowned Tetraka Bernieria cinereiceps resident  1993  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Madagascar Yellowbrow Crossleyia xanthophrys resident  1993  present  A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Rand's Warbler Randia pseudozosterops resident  1993  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Green Jery Neomixis viridis resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Wedge-tailed Jery Neomixis flavoviridis resident  1993  present  A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Forest Rock-thrush Monticola sharpei resident  1993  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Nelicourvi Weaver Ploceus nelicourvi resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Fody Foudia omissa resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rainforests of the Atsinanana World Heritage Site 479,661 protected area contains site 41,713  
Ranomafana National Park 40,519 protected area contained by site 40,519  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Unknown   1%
Forest   98%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Lemurs: Eulemur rubriventer (VU), Hapalemur aureus (CR), H. simus (CR), Varecia variegata variegata (EN), Propithecus diadema edwardsi (EN), Daubentonia madagascariensis (EN). Carnivores: Cryptoprocta ferox (VU), Fossa fossana (VU), Galidictis fasciata (VU).

References Andreone (1994), Jenkins (1987), Nicoll and Langrand (1989), Prum and Razafindratsita (1997), Rakotomanana (1998), Rakotomanana and Hino (1998), Razafimahaimodison and Andriananteniaina (1993), Wilmé and Langrand (1990), Zack (1994).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ranomafana National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/10/2014

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