Arafura Swamp

Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i (2009)
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Area: 95,288 ha

BirdLife Australia
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 medium not assessed not assessed
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Site summary
Two surveys in relatively wet years have both counted over 300,000 birds, of which over half were Magpie Geese and unidentified egrets. Other waterbirds present in internationally significant numbers include Black-necked Stork, Brolga, Glossy, Australian White and Straw-necked Ibis, Radjah Shelduck, Pied Heron, Royal Spoonbill, and Grey-tailed Tattler and Great Knot on the adjacent stretch of Castlereagh Bay. The IBA also supports the near threatened Australian Bustard.

The Yolngu people supported the research and publication of Brennan et al.(2003).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Arafura Swamp. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.