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Location Madagascar, Fianarantsoa
Central coordinates 46o 29.00' East  23o 24.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 28,250 ha
Altitude 850 - 1,600m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)



Site description Kalambatritra is located 40 km east of Betroka. The terrain of undulating hills and steep summits is part of the Antaivondro-Kalambatritra mountain chain. Many clear and permanent tributaries of the Mangoky and the Ionaivo have their sources in the reserve. The low- and mid-altitude, dense, humid evergreen forest is little disturbed, and has a canopy 15–25 m high with emergents reaching 30 m. Characteristic trees include figs Ficus, Dalbergia and tree-ferns Cyathea. The humus layer is 10–25cm thick. Savannas of coarse grass (Aristida, Imperata) divide the forest into blocks, and a strip of bracken Pteridium borders the forest. The border of the protected area includes large areas of savanna.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Meller's Duck Anas melleri resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A1, A3  Endangered 
Madagascar Harrier Circus macrosceles resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Flufftail Sarothrura insularis resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Snipe Gallinago macrodactyla resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Blue-pigeon Alectroenas madagascariensis resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-fronted Coua Coua reynaudii resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Coua Coua caerulea resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Pitta-like Ground-roller Atelornis pittoides resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-headed Ground-roller Atelornis crossleyi resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Velvet Asity Philepitta castanea resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Pollen's Vanga Xenopirostris polleni resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Nuthatch Vanga Hypositta corallirostris resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A2  Least Concern 
Dark Newtonia Newtonia amphichroa resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Ward's Flycatcher Pseudobias wardi resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Brown Emu-tail Dromaeocercus brunneus resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Oxylabes Oxylabes madagascariensis resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Spectacled Tetraka Bernieria zosterops resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-crowned Tetraka Bernieria cinereiceps resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Cryptic Warbler Cryptosylvicola randrianasoloi resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Yellowbrow Crossleyia xanthophrys resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Rand's Warbler Randia pseudozosterops resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Green Jery Neomixis viridis resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Wedge-tailed Jery Neomixis flavoviridis resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Forest Rock-thrush Monticola sharpei resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 
Nelicourvi Weaver Ploceus nelicourvi resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kalambatritra Special Reserve 31,232 protected area contains site 28,250  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   3%
Unknown   7%
Shrubland   10%
Grassland   20%
Forest   57%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Lemurs: Eulemur fulvus collaris (VU), E. rubriventer (VU).

References Nicoll and Langrand (1989).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kalambatritra Special Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/04/2014

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