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Important Bird Areas

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Red-faced Barbet Lybius rubrifacies at Akagera National Park

Image Credit: 
John Caddick

There are no species endemic to Rwanda but the montane forests and associated habitats hold 25 of the 37 species of the Albertine Rift Endemic Bird Area (EBA). In addition, Red-faced Barbet Lybius rubrifacies is a restricted range species whose distribution defines the Dry woodlands west of Lake Victoria secondary EBA.

A small element of Guinea-Congo forests biome occurs at lower altitudes in forests in the west with 23 species of this biome known from Rwanda. Much of the rest of the country falls within the Lake Victoria basin biome and 11 of its 12 species occur. The montane forests of the Congo-Nile watershed hold at least 74 species of the Afrotropical Highlands biome.

Seven Important Bird Areas (IBAs) have been recognised by BirdLife International and these are as follows:-

Akagera National Park
Akanyaru wetlands
Cyamudongo forest
The paper on Nyungwe Forest mentioned below also contains an annexe on the Flora and Avifauna of Cyamudongo Forest.
Nyabarongo wetlands
Nyungwe forest
You can download a paper by DOWSETT, R.J. editor (1990) Survey of the Fauna and Flora of Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda. Tauraco Research Report No.3 from the Rwanda references page.
Rugezi Marsh
Volcans National Park

For further details, download the country IBAs from BirdLife International.

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