Strzelecki Desert Lakes

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
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

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)
2008 medium not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
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

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap 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


IUCN Habitat 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 -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
rangeland/pastureland -
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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 (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Strzelecki Desert Lakes. Downloaded from on 06/12/2022.