Kasijy Special Reserve

Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
Kasijy Special Reserve is located 20 km north-west of Bemonto. The site comprises two forested outcrops of karst: the Kasijy massif and the small Analamajera massif. Three rivers delimit the site: the Andranomaitso river in the north, the Mahavavy river in the east and the Mahiarere river in the south. In the west, the site is bounded by a line from the Mahavavy river to the source of the Andranomaitso. In the north, the forest is dense, semi-deciduous and dry, with trees of Adansonia, Cedrelopsis and Hildegardia dominating. An area of savanna, with some woody species, is located in the southern part.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Fifty-four species are known from the site, of which 27 are endemic to Madagascar. Species of global conservation concern include Accipiter henstii and Philepitta schlegeli.

Non-bird biodiversity: Lemurs: Phaner furcifer pallescens (VU), Propithecus verreauxi deckeni (VU). Carnivore: Cryptoprocta ferox (VU). Reptile: Erymnochelys madagascariensis (EN).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Cattle-grazing is a threat to the whole site.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kasijy Special Reserve. Downloaded from on 16/01/2021.