|Location||Kenya, Western Province|
|Central coordinates||34o 15.00' East 0o 25.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Altitude||1,200 - 1,220m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description This area comprises a chain of small grassland patches (some seasonally flooded) in western Kenya, including Mungatsi (36 ha, 0°27’67N 34°19’69E), Matayo (210 ha, 0°23’01N 34°08’73E), Sikoma (1 ha, 0°24’03N 34°11’03E), and Malanga (3 ha, 0°25’96N 34°18’44E). All the patches are surrounded by intensive agriculture, mainly maize and sugarcane, and are grazed by livestock. The most important of them is Mungatsi, located 2 km from Mungatsi market along the Mungatsi–Munami road. This privately-owned site lies on either side of a small stream (a tributary of the River Sio), which is fringed by riverine forest and scrub.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Great Snipe Gallinago media||passage||-||uncommon||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Speckle-breasted Woodpecker Dendropicos poecilolaemus||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Piapiac Ptilostomus afer||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Blue Swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea||winter||-||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.
|Busia Environmental and Conservation Education Programme||2005|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||Arable land||-|
|Grassland||Grassland - edaphic, wet||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity These vanishing grasslands have been little studied. On biogeographic grounds, they are likely to have close links with Ugandan grasslands and to contain species that are found nowhere else in Kenya.
References Finch (1989), Nasirwa and Njoroge (1997), Turner and Rose (1989), Zimmerman et al. (1996).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Busia grasslands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014
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