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Location Madagascar, Fianarantsoa
Central coordinates 47o 10.00' East  22o 47.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 29,850 ha
Altitude 570 - 650m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)



Site description Vondrozo Classified Forest is located about 5 km west of Vondrozo. The forest is part of the still-continuous corridor between Andringitra (IBA MG080) and Midongy-South (MG084), and is generally of lowland forest. The terrain is fairly flat and uniform with some low hills. The site is drained by small, permanent tributaries of the Manapatrana river in the north and by tributaries of the Mananara in the south. The low-altitude, dense, humid evergreen forest is nearly intact, with a canopy 15–20 m high, dominated by species of Dalbergia, Ocotea, Weinmannia, Uapaca, Canarium, Eugenia and Diospyros. The understorey is not dense and allows easy access to the forest interior, except near the marshes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Meller's Duck Anas melleri resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
Madagascar Crested Ibis Lophotibis cristata resident  1997  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Madagascar Harrier Circus macrosceles resident  1997  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Henst's Goshawk Accipiter henstii resident  1997  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Madagascar Flufftail Sarothrura insularis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Wood Rail Canirallus kioloides resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Snipe Gallinago macrodactyla resident  1997  present  A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Blue-pigeon Alectroenas madagascariensis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-fronted Coua Coua reynaudii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Coua Coua caerulea resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Short-legged Ground-roller Brachypteracias leptosomus resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Scaly Ground-roller Brachypteracias squamiger resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Pitta-like Ground-roller Atelornis pittoides resident  1997  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Velvet Asity Philepitta castanea resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sunbird Asity Neodrepanis coruscans resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Nuthatch Vanga Hypositta corallirostris resident  1997  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Dark Newtonia Newtonia amphichroa resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Newtonia Newtonia fanovanae resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Crossley's Babbler Mystacornis crossleyi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Oxylabes Oxylabes madagascariensis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spectacled Tetraka Bernieria zosterops resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Jery Neomixis viridis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Rock-thrush Monticola sharpei resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 
Nelicourvi Weaver Ploceus nelicourvi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Fody Foudia omissa resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Vondrozo Classified Forest 0 is identical to site 29,850  

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
water management -
other -
Notes: Collection of wild honey.

Other biodiversity Lemur: Propithecus diadema edwardsi (EN). Reptile: Boa manditra (VU).

References Delacour and Berlioz (1931), Projet COEFOR/CI SRF-DEF (1993), Rand (1936), Randrianasolo (1996), Salomonsen (1934b).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vondrozo Classified Forest and surrounding areas. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/07/2014

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