Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2009)
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Area: 346,830 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife Australia
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2018 high very unfavourable negligible
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Site description
This IBA consists of an area of woodland remnants south of Bundarra and east of Barraba, inland of Armidale in northern New South Wales. The boundary is defined by recent records of Regent Honeyeater but, in the absence of clear ecological boundaries, it follows roads for clarity and convenience: from Bundarra west to The Basin, then south-east to 5km south of Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve, then cross-country due west to Kingstown, south-west to Manilla and Ranagari then north to Barraba and Cobbadah and east to Gulf Creek and Bundarra. This includes remnants of Grassy White Box Woodlands and mugga ironbark woodlands which are mostly preserved as Travelling Stock Routes (TSR). It also includes intervening sections of TSR with different dominant trees, as Regent Honeyeaters occasionally use these other species and are believed to use the TSRs as corridors, including the Borah (200 ha), Black Springs, Mille Creek, Garibaldi, Gwydir Park Road, Coonoor and Tintinhull Travelling Stock Reserves, Ironbark Nature Reserve and Linton Nature Reserve. These TSRs are managed by the Tamworth Rural Lands Protection Board of the Tamworth Regional Council. The northern part of the IBA is dominated by the Nandewar Range of hills, and the south-east by the Namoi River, part of which is in the Warrabah National Park. Warrabah's vegetation is mainly woodland, with white cypress pine, hill red gum and Caley's ironbark. Barraba experiences average maximum temperatures of 16-18°C in winter and 31-32°C in summer with annual rainfall of 860 mm.

Key biodiversity
The IBA supports populations of a suite of declining woodland species, notably Brown Treecreeper, Hooded Robin, Speckled Warbler, Turquoise Parrot and Black-chinned Honeyeater. The near threatened Flame Robin and biome-restricted Black Honeyeater are rare visitors to the IBA (Atlas of Australian Birds database).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bundarra-Barraba. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/11/2019.