Coongie Lakes


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2009

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis LC non-breeding 2002 703 individuals A1, A4i
Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus LC resident 1997-2002 74,115 individuals A4i
Freckled Duck Stictonetta naevosa LC resident 1982-2003 1,000 individuals A4i
Maned Duck Chenonetta jubata LC resident 1975-2002 20,209 individuals A4i
Grey Teal Anas gracilis LC resident 1997-2002 37,000 individuals A4i
Black-tailed Native-hen Tribonyx ventralis LC resident 1997-2002 90,000 individuals A4i
Australian Bustard Ardeotis australis LC breeding - frequent A1
Yellow-billed Spoonbill Platalea flavipes LC resident 2002 1,153 individuals A4i
Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia LC resident 2002 1,418 individuals A4i
Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus LC resident 1991-2002 100,000 individuals A4i
Great Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius LC resident 2001-2002 14,000 individuals A4i
Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae LC non-breeding 1987-2003 16,703 individuals A4i
Red-capped Plover Charadrius ruficapillus LC resident 1982-2002 2,000 individuals A4i
Red-kneed Dotterel Erythrogonys cinctus LC breeding 1997 15,000 individuals A4i
Inland Dotterel Peltohyas australis LC resident 1998-2008 uncommon A3
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata VU non-breeding 2002 1,638-9,000 individuals A4i
Bourke's Parrot Neopsephotus bourkii LC resident 2008 common A3
Eyrean Grasswren Amytornis goyderi LC resident 1980-1989 frequent A2, A3
Gibberbird Ashbyia lovensis LC resident - uncommon A3
Banded Whiteface Aphelocephala nigricincta LC resident 2008 uncommon A3
Cinnamon Quail-thrush Cinclosoma cinnamomeum LC resident 2008 common A3
Chirruping Wedgebill Psophodes cristatus LC resident 2008 common A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2019 high very unfavourable medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information -

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - motivation unknown/unrecorded likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Energy production and mining oil and gas drilling happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - small dams happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium
Pollution garbage & solid waste happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Savanna Eucalypt open woodlands 0 0 moderate (70-90%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable
Shrubland Acacia shrublands 0 0 poor (40-69%) very poor (< 40%) very unfavourable
Wetlands (inland) Ephemeral 0 0 good (> 90%) very poor (< 40%) very unfavourable
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes & pools 0 0 good (> 90%) very poor (< 40%) very unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Very little or no conservation action taking place medium
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park 26,616 protected area overlaps with site 18,543
Innamincka Regional Reserve 1,347,543 protected area overlaps with site 40,774
Coongie Lakes Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 2,176,185 protected area contains site 59,318

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert Semi-desert (includes gibber plains) -
Savanna Eucalypt open woodlands -
Wetlands (inland) Ephemeral, Freshwater lakes & pools -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
Shrubland Acacia shrublands, Chenopod shrubs, samphire shrubs and forblands -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
rangeland/pastureland -
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Land ownership
Coongie Lakes National Park is managed by the Department for Environment and Heritage. Most of the remaining land is under pastoral and mineral exploration leases.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Coongie Lakes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/12/2022.