19 Threatened Flinders Ranges Bird Species Nominated for Federal Protection

The William Light Foundation, a not for profit organisation based in the Flinders Ranges,  have nominated 33 native species (Birds and Flora) for listing under any of the categories specified in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The species nominated for protection are listed by the State Classifications of South Australia as Critically Endangered, Endangered, Rare or Vulnerable (South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972) but are as yet not listed under any of the categories of the EPBC Act.

They include 16 species of plant and the following 19 species of threatened birds:

SA (1)
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) R Found across most of mainland Australia. Inhabits lakes, rivers, swamps and estuaries.
Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) R Nomadic and dispersive across SE and SW Australia. Occurs in wetlands in good years.
Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) V Nomadic and often in dense flocks. Occurs in fresh and saltwater marshes and large ephemeral lakes.
(Northiella haematogaster)
R (ssp.) Myrtle Springs homestead. Inhabits semi-arid woodlands. Naretha Bluebonnet N. h. narethae (which occurs in the Nullarbor region) is listed as Rare.
Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis) R Aroona Dam. Occupies a range of wetlands, relatively sedentary.
Blue-winged Parrot (Neophema chrysostoma) V Usually seen in grasses in a wide variety of habitats, nests in hollows in eucalypt or stump.
Chestnut-backed Quailthrush
(Cinclosoma castanotum)
R (ssp.) Woolly Bore. Depot Springs. Inhabits casuarina-cypress woodland, mallee woodland, sand- plain hummock grassfields. C. c. castanotum (which occurs in the Murray Mallee and Flinders Ranges) is listed as Rare.
Chestnut-breasted Whiteface
(Aphelocephala pectoralis)
R Lyndhurst. Myrtle Springs homestead. Inhabits stony plains.
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) R Migratory wader. Widespread in small numbers and found along all coastlines of Australia and in many areas inland.
Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans) R Occurs in open country and semi-arid scrublands.
Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) V Prefers heavily vegetated permanent freshwater swamps, moving to permanent open lakes during drought. Breeds in large swamps created by floods in Bulloo and Lake Eyre Basins.
Glossy Ibis
(Plegadis falcinellus)
R Frequents swamps and lakes throughout much of the Australian mainland.
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) R Found on fresh or saline waters such as lakes and lagoons.
Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata) R (ssp.) SW Leigh Creek.
Found in Eucalypt woodland and mallee and Acacia shrubland.
M. c. cucullata (which occurs in south-east SA to Port Augusta) is listed as Rare.
Musk Duck (Biziura lobata) R Found in permanent swamps with dense vegetation from north- west Australia through the south and east to southern Queensland.
Painted Finch (Emblema pictum) R Occurs on spinifex covered stony hills and rocky landscapes across Northern and Central Australia.
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) R Inland and coastal areas, with a preference for heavily timbered and rugged mountainous country. Most of Australia, except central Australia, western SA and Tasmania.
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) R 4 Mile Bore. Inhabits open forests and woodlands. Migrant or nomadic in much of its range.
Slender-billed Thornbill (Acanthiza iredalei) R Inhabits chenopod and samphire shrublands and saline flats around salt lakes.
STATUS REFERENCE 1. South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 status: Endangered (E); Vulnerable (V); Rare (R). Subspecies (ssp) indicates that a subspecies is listed under the NPW Act but database records do not identify which subspecies was recorded


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