Strzelecki Desert Lakes

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus LC non-breeding 1983-2005 81,306 individuals A4i
Freckled Duck Stictonetta naevosa LC resident 1983-2005 1,998 individuals A4i
Hardhead Aythya australis LC resident 1983-2005 29,575 individuals A4i
Grey Teal Anas gracilis LC resident 1983-2005 46,207 individuals A4i
Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus LC resident 1983-2005 10,000 individuals A4i
Banded Stilt Cladorhynchus leucocephalus LC non-breeding 1983-2005 14,861 individuals A4i
Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae LC non-breeding 1983-2005 10,000 individuals A4i
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia LC resident 1983-2005 6,095 individuals A4i
Eyrean Grasswren Amytornis goyderi LC resident 1998-2008 frequent A2, A3
Black Honeyeater Sugomel nigrum LC resident 1998-2008 uncommon A3
Banded Whiteface Aphelocephala nigricincta LC resident 1998-2008 uncommon A3
Cinnamon Quail-thrush Cinclosoma cinnamomeum LC resident 1998-2008 common A3
Chirruping Wedgebill Psophodes cristatus LC resident 1998-2008 frequent A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2008 not assessed medium not assessed
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset medium

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - small dams likely in long term (beyond 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Strzelecki Regional Reserve 811,880 protected area overlaps with site 57,892
Coongie Lakes Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 2,176,185 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Scree & boulders -
Shrubland Chenopod shrubs, samphire shrubs and forblands -
Wetlands (inland) Ephemeral, Saline lakes -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
rangeland/pastureland -

Land ownership
Strzelecki Regional Reserve is managed by the Department for Environment and Heritage. The remaining land is under pastoral lease.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Strzelecki Desert Lakes. Downloaded from on 27/02/2024.