Paroo Floodplain and Currawinya


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2009

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis NT resident 1987-1993 150 individuals A1, A4i
Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus LC unknown 1987-1993 52,470 individuals A4i
Freckled Duck Stictonetta naevosa LC unknown 1987-1993 12,600 individuals A4i
Black Swan Cygnus atratus LC resident 1987-1993 13,330 individuals A4i
Hardhead Aythya australis LC unknown 1987-1993 19,700 individuals A4i
Australian Shoveler Spatula rhynchotis LC unknown 1987-1989 26,700 individuals A4i
Grey Teal Anas gracilis LC resident 1987-1993 47,600 individuals A4i
Banded Stilt Cladorhynchus leucocephalus LC non-breeding 1987-1993 4,700 individuals A4i
Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae LC unknown 1987-1993 14,540 individuals A4i
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus LC unknown 1987-1993 7,000 individuals A4i
Red-capped Plover Charadrius ruficapillus LC unknown - 2,380 individuals A4i
Inland Dotterel Peltohyas australis LC resident 1980-2008 uncommon A3
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata LC non-breeding 2000-2003 7,000 individuals A4i
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia LC unknown 1983-2005 12,680 individuals A4i
Bourke's Parrot Neopsephotus bourkii LC resident 1980-2008 uncommon A3
Black Honeyeater Sugomel nigrum LC unknown 1980-2008 frequent A3
Pied Honeyeater Certhionyx variegatus LC unknown 1980-2008 frequent A3
Grey-headed Honeyeater Ptilotula keartlandi LC resident 1980-2008 uncommon A3
Slaty-backed Thornbill Acanthiza robustirostris LC resident 1980-2008 uncommon A3
Hall's Babbler Pomatostomus halli LC resident 1980-2008 frequent A3
Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma castaneothorax LC resident 1980-2008 uncommon A3
Chirruping Wedgebill Psophodes cristatus LC resident 1980-2008 frequent A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2019 very high very unfavourable medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information -

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Climate change and severe weather storms and floods happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (agricultural use) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Shrubland Acacia shrublands 0 0 very poor (< 40%) very poor (< 40%) not assessed

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Some limited conservation initiatives are in place medium
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Yantabulla Private Nature Reserve 17,102 protected area overlaps with site 0
Paroo-Darling National Park 177,206 protected area overlaps with site 89,460
Paroo River Wetlands Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 138,191 protected area contained by site 0
Nocoleche Nature Reserve 71,108 protected area contained by site 69,254
Naree Station Conservation Reserve 14,873 protected area overlaps with site 0
Currawinya Lakes (Currawinya National Park) Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 150,864 protected area contained by site 0
Currawinya National Park 343,854 protected area overlaps with site 146,335

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Acacia forests & woodlands, Eucalypt woodlands -
Grassland Tussock grasslands -
Shrubland Acacia shrublands, Chenopod shrubs, samphire shrubs and forblands -
Wetlands (inland) Ephemeral, Freshwater lakes & pools, Riverine floodplains, Saline lakes -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland -
nature conservation and research -
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Land ownership
Privately owned grazing properties with the national parks under the control of State bodies - Currawinya NP = QPWS; Nocoleche and Paroo-Darling NPs = NSW NPWS.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Paroo Floodplain and Currawinya. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 06/08/2020.