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Location Madagascar, Fianarantsoa
Central coordinates 46o 57.00' East  23o 33.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 67,568 ha
Altitude 689 - 1,357m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)



Site description This site is located about 94 km south-east of Vangaindrano, and consists of two parts: the Soarano Forest (24,145 ha) and the Befotaka Forest (43,423 ha). The terrain is mountainous and steep-sloped. Many streams drain these slopes to feed marshes in the lowlands, which cover c.10% of the site (and small pools 5%). The mid-altitude, dense, humid evergreen forest typically holds trees of Diospyros, Dalbergia, Brachylaena, Cryptocarya, Ravensara, Eugenia, Tambourissa, Ocotea, Uapaca, Calophyllum, Elaeocarpus and Symphonia. Marsh vegetation includes screw-pine Pandanus and sedge Carex.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Ninety-three species are known from the site, of which 52 are endemic to Madagascar. Anas melleri has been observed in the area, but it is not known if it breeds locally.

Non-bird biodiversity: Lemurs: Eulemur fulvus collaris (VU), Propithecus diadema edwardsi (EN), Daubentonia madagascariensis (EN).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Madagascar Crested Ibis Lophotibis cristata resident  1997  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Brown Mesite Mesitornis unicolor resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Madagascar Flufftail Sarothrura insularis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Wood-rail Mentocrex kioloides resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Madagascar Snipe Gallinago macrodactyla resident  1997  present  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 
Collared Nightjar Gactornis enarratus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Short-legged Ground-roller Brachypteracias leptosomus resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Scaly Ground-roller Geobiastes squamiger resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Pitta-like Ground-roller Atelornis pittoides resident  1997  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-headed Ground-roller Atelornis crossleyi resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Velvet Asity Philepitta castanea resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sunbird Asity Neodrepanis coruscans resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pollen's Vanga Xenopirostris polleni resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Nuthatch Vanga Hypositta corallirostris resident  1997  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Dark Newtonia Newtonia amphichroa resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ward's Flycatcher Pseudobias wardi resident  1997  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
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 
Grey-crowned Tetraka Bernieria cinereiceps resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Madagascar Yellowbrow Crossleyia xanthophrys resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Rand's Warbler Randia pseudozosterops resident  1997  present  A1, 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)  
Midongy du sud National Park 205,985 protected area contains site 67,568  

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 -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Midongy South National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/12/2014

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