Daraina Forest

Country/territory: Madagascar

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (1999)
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Area: 30,263 ha

Asity Madagascar
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2017 favourable high medium
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Site description (2001 baseline)
The site consists of the second parcel of the Binara Forest, which is part of the Daraina Forest. It is located on a mountainous massif with steep, rocky slopes. The headwaters of several rivers lie in the site. The forest is divided into two adjacent blocks. The western block, Andrangovato Forest, is composed of dense, dry, semi-deciduous forest (10–20 m high), while the other block, Andranofotitra Forest, is composed of dense, humid evergreen forest (up to c.25 m). The most characteristic tree species are those of the Sapotaceae, Rubiaceae, Loganiaceae, Acanthaceae, Asclepiadaceae and Guttiferae. Most of them are food sources for lemurs. Areas of primary forest are separated by relatively old secondary forests and by savanna.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. There is an unusual mixture of eastern and western species in the different types of forest; however, the areas of humid forest seem to be somewhat depauperate in comparison to other lowland forests.

Non-bird biodiversity: Lemurs: Eulemur coronatus (VU), E. fulvus sanfordi (VU), Propithecus tattersalli (CR), Daubentonia madagascariensis (EN).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Daraina Forest. Downloaded from on 03/12/2023.