IBA Trigger species: Black-billed Gull, Black-fronted Tern
Besides the trigger species the following species are confirmed or likely to be breeding: Black Shag, Little Shag, White-faced Heron, Black Swan, Canada Goose, Paradise Shelduck, Mallard, Grey Duck, NZ Scaup, Aus-tralasian Harrier, South Island Pied Oystercatcher, Pied Stilt, Banded Dotterel, Spur-winged Plover, Southern Black-backed Gull, NZ Pigeon, NZ Kingfisher, Shining Cuckoo (LC), Welcome Swallow, NZ Pipit, South Island Fantail, South Island Tomtit, Grey Warbler, Silvereye, Bellbird, Tui, Skylark, Hedge-sparrow, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Green-finch, Goldfinch, Redpoll, House Sparrow, Starling, Australian Magpie. Other species recorded: NZ Falcon, White-winged Black Tern.
NB: Yellowhead (EN), Kea (VU), Kaka (EN), Yellow-crowned Parakeet (NT), Long-tailed Cuckoo (LC), Shining Cuckoo, More-pork (LC), South Island Robin (LC), Brown Creeper (LC) and Rifleman (LC) are found in adjacent forest areas (Mount Aspir-ing National Park); these will be included in the IBA network in the next round (i.e. identifying sites triggered primarily by land-, water- and shore- birds).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dart Rees Rivers. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 06/12/2021.