Staaten River

Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2009)
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Area: 470,000 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife Australia
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 high not assessed not assessed
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Site description
The Staaten River IBA is identical to the large remote National Park of the same name located at the western base of Cape York Peninsula in far north-west Queensland. It includes a substantial section of the least changed tropical savannas in Queensland. The Golden-shouldered Parrot population gives it particular importance but it is also large enough, and sufficiently connected to, surrounding woodlands, for the populations of most other bird species occurring within it to be self-sustaining. Vegetation is savanna woodland intersected by ephemeral streams with a small number of perennial waterholes. No vehicular access helps protect its relatively pristine condition with few weeds or feral animals. This IBA also has such poor soil and fodder that there are few feral cattle or pigs and, being at the top of a catchment, it has very few exotic weeds.

Key biodiversity
The Golden-shouldered Parrots are commonly associated with the near threatened Cape York subspecies of the Black-faced Woodswallow and other seasonal migrants such as White-winged Triller and songlarks. Much of the area is ornithologically unexplored so the true abundance of some of its many species is unknown.

Non-bird biodiversity: Little is known of other flora and fauna.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Staaten River. Downloaded from on 24/01/2020.