1>This site consists of two forests, Kirindy-South Forest and Mite Forest, which are located respectively close to, and 17 km from, Marofihitse. The forests are situated in the Menabe region, a coastal plain of mainly sandy soils. The Kirindy river flows across the south of Kirindy Forest, while the Lampaolo river runs through Mite Forest. The dense, dry deciduous forest is dominated by trees of Adansonia, Cedrelopsis, Commiphora, Givotia, Delonix, Baudouinia, Dalbergia, Strychnos and Tamarindus. Bushes of Didierea and Euphorbia occur near the coast. There are also vast saltflats on the coast.
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Several bird species characteristic of dry forest occur, as do several characteristic of spiny forest. Good numbers of Phoenicopterus ruber and Anas bernieri occur seasonally on the coastal saltflats.
Non-bird biodiversity: Lemurs: Lemur catta (VU), Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi (VU). Carnivore: Mungotictis decemlineata (VU; probably M. d. lineata).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Kirindy-South is a National Park of 72,200 ha, of which under half is forested. Threats include clearance of forest for agriculture (notably in the east of the national park and peripheral areas of Mite Forest), poaching of birds, and illegal exploitation of wood (especially Givotia) for the construction of traditional pirogues.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kirindy Mite National Park and extension. Downloaded from
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