ANDASIBE-MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK & ANALAMAZOATRA RESERVE (+PERINET) Torotorofotsy & Ampasipotsy Marshes
TOAMASINA (Moramanga), (NE)
18o48´S/48o28´E 15,500ha (Mantadia National Park) 900-1250m, primary humid eastern rainforest and montane rainforest
August to December ()
Birding Site Guide
This protected area is part of the Eastern Rainforest, but of montane type. There are also a couple of good marshes in the area: Torotorofotsy and Ampasipotsy. The Perinet Reserve is actually a small reserve 5km SSW of this area and is only 810ha. The forest at Mantadia are a 3 hours drive east of Antananarivo on the paved RN2 and hold four Ground Rollers: Scaly and Pitta-like and Short-legged Ground Roller and Rufous-headed with other species including Velvet Asity, Madagascar Cuckoo-Roller, Crossley’s Babbler, Collared Nightjar, Madagascar Rail, Madagascar Flufftail, Madagascar Wood-rail, Blue and Red-fronted Coua, Madagascar Wood Rail, Collared Nightjar, Madagascar Cuckoo Hawk, Hookbilled and Blue Vanga, Rand's Warbler, Coral-billed Nuthatch Vanga and Tylas. In total 108 species of birds have been recorded.
Specific to the rainforest of Mantadia National Park, it is possible to see here 3 Oxylabes, 3 Asitys, Forest Rock-thrush and Brown Emutail and Helmet Vanga
The marshes hold such sought after species as Meller's Duck, Madagascar Snipe, Madagascar Rail, Slender-billed Flufftail, Grey Emutail and Madagascar Swamp Warbler.
An excellent report and tour operator to try is Rockjumper Tours
Mammals: 14 species of lemur have been recorded including: Diademed Sifaka Propithecus diadema, Indri Indri indri, Eastern Lesser/Grey Bamboo Lemur Hapalemur griseus, Red-bellied Lemur Eulemur rubriventer, Common Brown Lemur Eulemur fulvus, Aye-aye Daubentonia madagascariensis.
Reptiles: 51 species have been recorded including the biggest chameleon of Madagascar Calumma parsonii, Madagascar Tree Boa Boa manditra and 84 species of Amphibian.
Fishes: rare species include: Ratsirakia legendrei and Rheocles alaotrensis.
Plants: Terpsiphone mutata, Cymbidiella falcigera, Vakoana Pandanus sp. , Ambora Tambourissa sp. and Fanjàna Cyathea sp. .
For lists of all the endemics look here. MADAGASCAR LIVING NATIONAL TREASURES