Hunter Estuary

Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i (2009)
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Area: 8,453 ha

BirdLife Australia
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2019 medium near favourable medium
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Site summary
The estuary and swamps support the endangered Australasian Bittern and more than 1% of the world population of Chestnut Teal, Red-necked Avocet, Eastern Curlew and sometimes Latham's Snipe, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Straw-necked Ibis.

Hunter Bird Observers Club and Max Maddock have collected much of the bird data. The nomination was prepared by Chris Herbert and Elizabeth Crawford.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hunter Estuary. Downloaded from on 07/12/2022.