Tsimanampetsotsa National Park

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
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor NT non-breeding 1998 present A1
Giant Coua Coua gigas LC resident 1998 present A3
Running Coua Coua cursor LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Verreaux's Coua Coua verreauxi LC resident 1998 present A1, A2, A3
Olive-capped Coua Coua olivaceiceps LC resident 1998 present A3
Black-banded Plover Charadrius thoracicus VU resident 1998 55 individuals A1, A2, A3, A4i
Madagascar Sparrowhawk Accipiter madagascariensis NT resident 1998 present A1
Archbold's Newtonia Newtonia archboldi LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Lafresnaye's Vanga Xenopirostris xenopirostris NT resident 1998 present A2, A3
Sickle-billed Vanga Falculea palliata LC resident 1998 present A3
Subdesert Brush-warbler Nesillas lantzii LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Thamnornis Thamnornis chloropetoides LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Littoral Rock-thrush Monticola imerina LC resident 1998 present A2, A3
Sakalava Weaver Ploceus sakalava LC resident 1998 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)
2001 not assessed medium not assessed
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset good

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
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)
Tsimanampetsotsa National Park 45,818 protected area contained by site 43,000
Parc national Tsimanampesotse Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 45,604 protected area overlaps with site 43,000


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) -
Shrubland -
Grassland -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
other -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Tsimanampetsotsa National Park. Downloaded from on 24/02/2024.