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Location Rwanda, Ruhengeri
Central coordinates 29o 53.88' East  1o 30.48' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 10,000 ha
Altitude 2,050 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda (Affiliate)



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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   95%
Shrubland   2%
Forest   2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Vande weghe (1981, 1983).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rugezi Marsh. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/08/2014

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