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Location Kenya, Nyanza Province
Central coordinates 34o 46.00' East  0o 19.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 200 ha
Altitude 1,130 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001


Site description Koguta swamp is a wetland at the mouth of the Sondu-Miriu river, a few kilometres south-west of the Nyando river mouth on the shores of Lake Victoria. The vegetation consists mainly of reeds Phragmites spp. interspersed with patches of papyrus Cyperus papyrus and Vossia cuspidata. Koguta is flooded during the wet season, while during the dry season the area is heavily grazed and trampled by cattle and hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
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 

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

Name Year formed
Nyadek (Nyando Biodiversity Group) 0


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Permanent herbaceous swamps and bogs; Rivers & streams  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
other -
Notes: Papyrus cutting

Other biodiversity Little information is available. The ungulate Tragelaphus spekii (LR/nt) and the snake Python sebae occur, but their status is unknown. Like other wetlands around the shores of Lake Victoria, Koguta is probably an important refuge for a number of the lake’s endemic haplochromine fish species.

References Johnstone and Githongo (1997), Nasirwa and Njoroge (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Koguta swamp. Downloaded from on 20/09/2014

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