Species Profile and Threats Database [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

To: "'Geoffrey Dabb'" <>, <>
Subject: Species Profile and Threats Database [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "Mark Clayton" <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009 11:06:02 +1000

G’day Geoffrey and all,


Geoffrey, I think you mean Regent Honeyeater, not parrot, as the species listed under “Endangered” in the EPBC Act.


From the relevant NSW Act the Barking Owl is also listed – it is also occasionally found in the ACT, while the Square-tailed Kite has been recorded (unpublished) by several COG members and me at Lowden Forest Park in Tallaganda State Forest, within COG’s AOI. Add to that Blue-billed and Freckled Ducks as well as the Glossy Black Cockatoo, and I am sure there are others I have forgotten. In the case of the cockatoo, it seems ludicrous that the birds, which I feel probably come in from places like the Tinderry Ranges in NSW, lose their NSW “Vulnerable” status (at present) when they fly in to the ACT over the border.


There is one species on the ACT list that I do not believe should be there - the White-winged Triller, as it is an irruptive species that can turn up here anytime conditions are suitable. If we are going to include the triller then perhaps we should also list the Black-eared Cuckoo and White-browed Woodswallow among others. There are far more deserving species that need to be looked at locally, the Jacky Winter is a good example as is the Southern Whiteface.


So, just to stir the pot a little and something that has always been at the back of my mind, I feel that ANY species listed on the NSW Threatened Species List that occurs in the ACT should automatically be listed in the ACT. Birds don’t recognise political boundaries and after-all, the ACT is surrounded by NSW. I doubt if the ACT Government (of any political persuasion) would have the guts to do this as it could have dire implications for the housing industry in a lot of the ACT. The present ACT Government doesn’t even follow its own legislation when it comes to species like the Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot and Superb Parrot, let alone appear to adhere to the provisions of the EPBC Act – just look at the shambles going on at present in the new “green” suburb of Crace, where 80 of the recorded 95 Eucalypt trees in the suburb are to be or have been removed (they are leaving the Pinus radiata amenity block alongside the Barton Highway though!!!!!). This area is within known habitat for all three species. I have my doubts, too about the effectiveness of the Federal EPBC Act. Then of course there are all the species covered by various international treaties, e.g. Jamba and Camba, many of which occur in the ACT, but that’s another story.


I’ll be interested in any comments!





From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Thursday, 30 July 2009 10:06 AM
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Species Profile and Threats Database [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Thank you Benj.  Cool indeed.  For busy persons not able to consult this website, I have extracted the following information.  For Commonwealth purposes, 2 birds that occur in COG’s AOI are listed as ‘Endangered’ (Regent Parrot, Swift Parrot) and 2 as ‘Vulnerable’ (Superb Parrot, Australian Painted Snipe).


I might point out for the beginner birdwatcher that Commonwealth arrangements are distinct from those in the ACT.  Under ACT legislation one bird is ‘Endangered’ (Regent Honeyeater) and the following birds are ‘Vulnerable’:  Hooded Robin, Brown Treecreeper, Painted Honeyeater, Superb Parrot, Swift Parrot, Varied Sit(t)ella, White-winged Triller.  The list on the ACT website is incomplete as the Little Eagle is not there and this was declared as ‘Vulnerable’ in March 2008.  I understand Jenny Bounds is working for the declaration of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo.


In the extremely long list of Threatened Species under NSW legislation the following ‘threatened’ species are of interest from an ACT viewpoint:   Powerful Owl, Turquoise Parrot, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Olive Whistler, Pink Robin, Speckled Warbler, Diamond Firetail, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Glossy Black-Cockatoo.


With respect to the ACT list, although it has effect only within the ACT, the relevant committee, under its published guidelines (2001), has regard to the status of the species in ‘the ACT and bio-region’.  ‘Bio-region’ has no given definition, but the committee gives as examples of what might be the bio-region ‘the Australian Alps and South Eastern Highlands’ as recognised by the Australian National Conservation Agency.  The departmental website says the guidelines are under review but I am not able to find any published draft of the proposed revision.  I am sure everything is in good hands.



From: Whitworth, Benjamin - BRS [
Sent: Wednesday, 29 July 2009 6:45 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Species Profile and Threats Database [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


This is pretty cool. I looked ages ago and forgot about it. Provides a quick overview about Nationally Threatened and listed species and communities.

Species Profile and Threats Database

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It provides information on what the species looks like, its population and distribution, habitat, movements, feeding, reproduction and taxonomic comments. The information has been compiled by summarising information from a range of sources and contributors. At this stage profiles are not available for all species and ecological communities, but will be regularly added to the database.

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