|Central coordinates||29o 53.88' East 1o 30.48' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Rugezi marsh is located in an inundated valley in the north of Rwanda, to the east of Lake Burera on Uganda border. The vegetation of the marsh is dominated by Miscanthidium violaceum with stands of Cyperus latifolius around the fringes and an area of papyrus C. papyrus near the point of outflow. Average annual rainfall is estimated at 1,200 mm.
Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Some 43 species have been recorded from the marsh and its immediate vicinity, including five of the Afrotropical Highlands biome (see Table 3). This site is important for Bradypterus graueri and is unusual in that this species occurs together with B. carpalis.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Papyrus Gonolek Laniarius mufumbiri||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A3||Near Threatened|
|Carruthers's Cisticola Cisticola carruthersi||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-winged Scrub-warbler Bradypterus carpalis||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Grauer's Swamp-warbler Bradypterus graueri||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A2||Endangered|
|Papyrus Yellow Warbler Chloropeta gracilirostris||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A3||Vulnerable|
|White-collared Oliveback Nesocharis ansorgei||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Papyrus Canary Serinus koliensis||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Agricultural expansion and intensification||annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming||likely in long term (beyond 4 years)||majority/most of area/population (50-90%)||moderate to rapid deterioration||medium|
|Invasive and other problematic species and genes||invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species||past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting||some of area/population (10-49%)||very rapid to severe deterioration||low|
|Some of site covered (10-49%)||No management planning has taken place||The conservation measures needed for the site are being comprehensively and effectively implemented||low|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||95%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
References Vande weghe (1981, 1983).
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