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Location Burundi, Kirundo
Central coordinates 30o 4.00' East  2o 33.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 8,000 ha
Altitude 1,400 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association Burundaise pour la Protection des Oiseaux (Partner Designate)



Site description Located in the north of Burundi, immediately north of the town of Kirundo close to the Rwandan border, Lake Rwihinda, known in the past as Lac aux Oiseaux (Bird Lake), lies a little way upstream of the Akanyaru wetlands (RW005), to the north-west. The area of the lake is 425 ha, but the total protected area has been extended to cover 8,000 ha.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-faced Barbet Lybius rubrifacies resident  1999  unknown  A3  Near Threatened 
Ring-necked Francolin Scleroptila streptophora resident  1999  present  A3  Near Threatened 
Papyrus Gonolek Laniarius mufumbiri resident  1999  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Carruthers's Cisticola Cisticola carruthersi resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Scrub-warbler Bradypterus carpalis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Papyrus Yellow Warbler Chloropeta gracilirostris resident  1999  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Sharpe's Pied-babbler Turdoides sharpei resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-chested Sunbird Nectarinia erythrocerca resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Northern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus castanops resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-collared Oliveback Nesocharis ansorgei resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lac Rwihinda Nature Reserve 8,000 is identical to site 8,000  

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Dukingiribidukikije 2006

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   27%
Shrubland   45%
Forest   27%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Bider (1973), Debonnet (1991), Verschuren (1977).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rwihinda Lake Managed Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/10/2014

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