Brook Islands / South Barnard Islands (Great Barrier Reef) - Marine

Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 329,914 ha

BirdLife Australia

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the Australia Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Pacific, Western Central FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 3299 km2 and is 22 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 26 m and mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 25.66 and 26.1 °C.

Key biodiversity
2 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colonies; South Barnard Islands (Great Barrier Reef), Brook Islands (Great Barrier Reef) include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Bridled Tern (LC) 4500-24000 individuals and Lesser Crested Tern (LC) 1290-3750 individuals.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Brook Islands / South Barnard Islands (Great Barrier Reef) - Marine. Downloaded from on 05/12/2021.