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Location Ethiopia, Southern Peoples' Region
Central coordinates 38o 1.14' East  7o 30.18' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii
Area 13,000 ha
Altitude 1,880 m
Year of IBA assessment 1996

Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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 areas

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

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References National Water Resources Commission (1987).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Boyo wetland. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014

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