The Lakes (Western Australia)

Country/territory: Australia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2009)
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Area: 7,245 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife Australia
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2019 high very unfavourable negligible
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Site description
The Lakes (Western Australia) IBA supports at least 1% of the non-breeding population of the endangered Baudin's Black-Cockatoo and smaller numbers of the endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo. The IBA boundaries are defined by native vegetation within a 6 km foraging radius of non-breeding season roost sites for Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo in the outer Darling Range in south-west Western Australia. Foraging distance has been determined by research undertaken by the WA Museum (T. Kirkby, Western Australian Museum, pers. comm. 2009). The IBA consists of all native vegetation greater than 1 ha on private land, water catchment areas, state forests, nature reserves and other reserves. Pasture, crops, non-native plants, weed species and orchards are excluded from the IBA. The one-hectare minimum native vegetation criterion has been determined by experts in a consultation process undertaken by the Australian Government (C. Gole pers. comm. 2009). The area has a Mediterranean climate.

Key biodiversity
The biome-restricted species Western Rosella has been recorded once during periodic monitoring surveys of this IBA (T. Kirkby, Western Australian Museum, pers. comm. 2009).

Non-bird biodiversity: This large IBA is likely to contain a number of other threatened flora and fauna. Details of these are available from the Department of Environment and Conservation, Threatened Species and Communities Branch.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: The Lakes (Western Australia). Downloaded from on 27/01/2021.