Lake Sylvester System

Country/territory: Australia

IBA criteria met: A1, A3, A4i, A4ii (2009)
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Area: 226,236 ha

BirdLife Australia
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2008 not assessed high not assessed
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Site summary
The IBA has supported small breeding colonies of the near threatened Letter-winged Kite and more than 1% of the global populations of the congregatory Plumed Whistling-Duck, Grey Teal, Hardhead, Little Black Cormorant, Australian Pelican, Straw-necked Ibis, Eurasion Coot, Oriental Plover, Gull-billed Tern and Flock Bronzewing. The IBA also provides habitat for the near threatened Australian Bustard. The IBA is an ephemeral wetland system, and holds significant numbers of waterbirds only when inundated. When fully inundated, the IBA may support 500,000 to 1,000,000 waterbirds.

Roger Jaensch of Wetlands International provided review comments and interpretation on the habitat and waterbird information.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lake Sylvester System. Downloaded from on 28/02/2024.