Madagascar

Forest Rock-thrush

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area

Isalo National Park

Isalo National Park is a window on the biodiversity of southern Madagascar. The Park is a unique ecological representation within the network of National Parks of Madagascar: a ruiniform massif of continental sandstone dating from the Jurassic with its typical geomorphology and its endemic rock vegetation (Aloes, Euphorbias, Pachypodes, Kalanchoe …) and the specific fauna of this exceptional habitat (rock reptiles of which the vast majority are endemic). More than 400 species of flora, 77 species of birds, 39 reptiles and 14 species of primates are dependent on the eroded massif on the vast bed of grass dotted with forest “tapia” of Isalo. More than 30,000 tourists come from all over the world each year to admire the landscapes and the biodiversity of Isalo. The Park is among the 15 pilot sites in Madagascar to have integrated the IUCN green list process and is being considered for the prestigious UNESCO Geopark label.

species

Forest Rock-thrush

Among the overall biodiversity of Isalo National Park, at least 16 species deserve special attention, including among others the bird Monticola sharpei (Forest Rock-thrush) which is an endemic species of Madagascar and despite being assessed as Least Concern for its status according to the IUCN Red List classification, this species has a restricted distribution in and around Isalo National Park. Monticola sharpei inhabits semi-arid rocky forest, e.g. cliffs and gorges, with adjacent tree vegetation that may be bushy or sparse, but also includes remnants of dry deciduous forest to the west of its range.

The size of its range is declining and the quality of the habitat seems to be deteriorating and negatively impacting the size of the bird’s population. In addition, the passage of fires in the region in previous years has marked a strong fragmentation of its habitat in and around Isalo. However, the species seems to be able to recolonize the areas of burned soils and regenerating tree heaths.
Since this species is specific to Isalo National Park, scientific ecological monitoring and systematic community monitoring of the population of this species is carried out by the park to assess the health of the species. On the other hand, a solid strategy on fire control has been put in place since 2010 for the protection of the exceptional habitat of this species. Community awareness, monitoring by Firealert, acquisition of firefighting equipment and the creation of a fire brigade have been carried out at the level of the National Park of Isalo for the conservation of the habitat of this species.

Association Vahatra - Parc National Isalo

Further protected areas

Madagascar

Hawksbill Turtle

Madagascar

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur

Madagascar

Babakoto

Madagascar

Milne-Edwards’s Sifaka

Madagascar

Forest Rock-thrush

Madagascar

Mossy Leaf-tailed Gecko

Madagascar

Madagascar Fish-eagle

Madagascar

Nosy Be Sportive Lemur