Mahavavy - Kinkony wetlands NPA

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 1999 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Meller's Duck Anas melleri EN resident 1997 present A2
Madagascar Teal Anas bernieri EN resident 1997 10 individuals A1, A2, A3, A4i
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus LC non-breeding 1997 4,200 individuals A4i
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor NT non-breeding 1997 present A1
Giant Coua Coua gigas LC resident 1997 present A3
Coquerel's Coua Coua coquereli LC resident 1997 present A2, A3
Red-capped Coua Coua ruficeps LC resident 1997 present A3
Madagascar Pond-heron Ardeola idae EN breeding 1997 present A1
Madagascar Heron Ardea humbloti EN resident 1997 present A1, A2, A3
Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis LC non-breeding 1997 2,523 individuals A4i
Madagascar Fish-eagle Haliaeetus vociferoides CR resident 1997 present A1, A2, A3
Sickle-billed Vanga Falculea palliata LC resident 1997 present A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (1999).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2019 unfavourable high high
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes habitat good

State (condition of the trigger species' habitats)
Habitat Habitat detail Reference area (ha) Actual area (ha) Habitat quantity (% remaining) Habitat quality (carrying capacity) Result
Forest 57015 54503 - good (> 90%) favourable
Wetlands (inland) Mangroves 18200 12014 - good (> 90%) unfavourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - intentional use: subsistence/sml scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity high
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Site Bioculturel d'Antrema Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 20,620 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Lac Kinkony Hunting Reserve 15,000 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mangrove, Lowland forest - dry deciduous -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
other -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mahavavy - Kinkony wetlands NPA. Downloaded from on 29/02/2024.