Sandy Island (Windy Harbour) - Marine

Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 65,344 ha

Protection status:

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 Indian Ocean, Eastern FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 653 km2 and is 22 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 71 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 18.44 and 19.08 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.32 and 0.44 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
2 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colony; Sandy Island (Windy Harbour) include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Flesh-footed Shearwater (LC) 900000-900000 individuals and Fairy Tern (VU) 273-273 individuals.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sandy Island (Windy Harbour) - Marine. Downloaded from on 03/12/2020.