|Location||Ethiopia, Southern Peoples' Region|
|Central coordinates||38o 1.14' East 7o 30.18' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||1996|
Site description Boyo Wetland is 26 km north of Alaba Kulito, Hadiya Zone. It is in the Bilate river basin that drains from the Gurage highlands south into Lake Abaya. The two main tributaries of the Bilate river, the Guder (which originates in the mountains near the zonal capital Hosana) and the Weira, merge at Boyo wetland. The vegetation of this wetland has not been studied. The site is within one of the most intensely cultivated areas in the country. It is self-supporting in food crops and many other items, and produces much for Addis Ababa.
Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. Small numbers of Falco naumanni appear to pass through the site on spring and autumn passage and a few may overwinter. Circus macrourus is fairly common on spring and autumn passage, with small numbers overwintering. Boyo wetland supports a high concentration of waterbirds. During a one-day survey in April 1996, 62 Grus carunculatus and three Balearica pavonina were recorded. During the same survey, other waterbird counts included Ardeola ralloides (40+), Bubulcus ibis (3,000+), Mesophoyx intermedia (300+), Mycteria ibis (80+), Plegadis falcinellus (1,200+), Threskiornis aethiopicus (150+), Plectropterus gambensis (75+) and several thousand Palearctic waders of various species. Counts covered a maximum of 10% of the total area, and the total number of waterbirds was thus estimated to exceed 20,000.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus||passage||-||frequent||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus||non-breeding||1996||62 individuals||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||unknown||-||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Boyo Swamp||Controlled Hunting Area||32,694||protected area contains site||13,000|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
References National Water Resources Commission (1987).
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