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Dunga (or Tako river mouth) is a wetland situated about 10 km south of Kisumu town on the shores of Winam Gulf, Lake Victoria. At the western limit is a beach, used as a major fish landing point. Papyrus Cyperus papyrus stands stretch south-eastwards along the shore from here for c.1.5 km, in a strip that varies in width from about 50 to 800 m. A number of streams drain into the lake through the swamp, the main one being Tako river.
See Box and Table 3 for key species. This is one of the most reliable sites in Kenya for the scarce and threatened Chloropeta gracilirostris, which is often seen along the lakeward side of the swamp. All but one of Kenya’s nine Lake Victoria Basin biome species have been recorded here, and it is especially important for Laniarius mufumbiri (relatively common), Bradypterus carpalis and Serinus koliensis, all papyrus endemics.
Non-bird biodiversity: No information is available. Wetlands around the shores of Lake Victoria are known to be important refuges for a number of the lake’s endemic haplochromine fish species.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dunga swamp. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/09/2020.