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BUSIA GRASSLAND

KENYA
LOCALE

Area (ha):250
Altitude (m):1200-1220
# Species*:130
# Excl Vagrants*:130
# Endemics*:0
# Near Endemics*:1
Species/100 ha*:52.0
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Grassland

ABOUT THE BIRDING

The Busia Grasslands consist of a chain of grassland patches surrounded by intensively cultivated lands, primarily maize and sugarcane. The grasslands are seasonally flooded in rainy season and are home to several range restricted or localized bird species. Of special importance is the Blue Swallow, which depends on these grasslands during non-breeding season. It is also the best place to see Green Crombec. The grasslands are under immediate and intense threat from expanding agricultural activity.

LOCATION OF SITE

The Busia Grasslands are located near the town of Alupe inland from the northeast shore of Lake Victoria. They're about 50 km NW from the Kakamega Forest Reserve and about 100km nw from Kisumu in western Kenya.