Barrow Island

Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3, A4i (2009)
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Area: 23,483 ha

BirdLife Australia
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2018 medium favourable high
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Site summary
The 235 km² Barrow Island supports more than 1% of the global populations of Pied Oystercatcher, Grey-tailed Tattler, Red-necked Stint and Fairy Tern. It is also supports a significant and isolated population of the biome-restricted Spinifexbird, and is the only location for the vulnerable Barrow Island subspecies of White-winged Fairy-wren.

Thanks to Andrew Burbidge as compiler of the nomination and for comments received from Mike Bamford and Cheryl Gole.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Barrow Island. Downloaded from on 03/02/2023.