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Location Tanzania, Kagera
Central coordinates 31o 52.00' East  1o 40.00' South
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 48,000 ha
Altitude 1,134 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The Bumbire islands are located 15 km off the western shore of Lake Victoria. They extend 28 km from north to south, beginning some 20 km south of Bukoba. The main island, Bumbire, lies between the smaller islands of Nyabura to the north and Iroba to the south; there are also numerous tiny islets. Bumbire is permanently inhabited, mainly by fishermen. Bumbire rises 120 m above the lake and still contains areas of large trees.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1995  18,880 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1995  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   94%
Forest   5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Baker (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Victoria: Bumbire Islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/08/2014

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