Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2009)
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Area: 12,276 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife Australia
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 high not assessed not assessed
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Site description
The Araluen-Wungong IBA supports at least 1% of the non-breeding population of the endangered Baudin's Black-Cockatoo and smaller numbers of the endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo. The IBA boundaries are defined by native vegetation within a 6 km foraging radius of known non-breeding season roost sites for Baudin's Black-Cockatoo in the Darling Range in south-west Western Australia. Foraging distance has been determined by research undertaken by the Western Australian Museum (T. Kirkby, Western Australian Museum, pers. comm. 2009). The IBA consists of all native vegetation greater than 1 ha on private land, water catchment areas, state forests, nature reserves and other reserves. Pasture, crops, non-native plants, weed species and orchards are excluded from the IBA. The 1 ha minimum native vegetation criterion has been determined by experts in a consultation process undertaken by the Australian Government (C. Gole pers. comm. 2009). The area has a Mediterranean climate.

Key biodiversity
The forest redtail subspecies of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii naso) is listed as vulnerable under the Australian federal government Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. This subspecies is a breeding resident of the IBA. Numbers of breeding Red-tailed Cockatoos in this IBA have been monitored for a number of years by the Western Australian Museum (T. Kirkby, Western Australian Museum, pers. comm. 2009). There is a single record of the biome-restricted Regent Parrot near Wungong Gorge (T. Kirkby, Western Australian Museum, pers. comm. 2009).

Non-bird biodiversity: This large IBA is likely to contain a number of other threatened flora and fauna. Details of these are available from the Department of Environment and Conservation, Threatened Species and Communities Branch.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Araluen-Wungong. Downloaded from on 06/07/2020.