RW006
Cyamudongo forest


Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
Cyamudongo forest is a small relict forest located in the far south-west of the country, close to the town of Nyakabuye near the border with the DR Congo. Historically, it was connected to Nyungwe forest (site RW009) to the east, but its vegetation is more dense, with fewer clearings. Common tree species include Chrysophyllum gorungosanum, Croton spp., Newtonia buchananii, Alangium chinense and Leptonychia melanocarpa.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Although impoverished due to its small size, compared with nearby Nyungwe, Cyamudongo forest holds many species typical of the Albertine Rift forests, including Apalis argentea. Musophaga rossae, which is not found in Nyungwe, is common in Cyamudongo, while the only Rwandan record of Accipiter erythropus is from here. In addition, four species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome (A05) have also been recorded (Table 3).

Non-bird biodiversity: The primate Pan troglodytes (EN) occurs and the site is known for its high diversity of butterfly species.



Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The site was established as a Forest Reserve in 1933, but has suffered much from clearance and fragmentation for agriculture while illegal cutting of wood occurs commonly. The remaining forest is under some protection by the local public administration, but there is little surveillance.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cyamudongo forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/05/2020.