|Location||Australia, Northern Territory|
|Central coordinates||134o 35.34' East 12o 7.57' South|
|Altitude||0 - 10m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Summary These floodplains have supported more than 1% of the world population of Pied Heron, Brolga and Great Knot. The large numbers of shorebirds recorded at Boucaut Bay include more than 1% of the world population of Great Knot and Pied Oystercatcher.
Site description The boundary follows the coastal floodplains of the Cadell and Blyth rivers, and the adjacent length of Boucaut Bay. This IBA is situated between the Maningrida community to the west and the Milingimbi community to the east. The seasonal flooding comes from flows down the Blyth and Cadell Rivers and various creeks. Most of the floodplain is more than 1 m deep in wetter years.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Pied Heron Egretta picata||resident||1990-2000||1,000-4,895 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Brolga Antigone rubicunda||unknown||2000-2007||800-3,000 individuals||poor||A4i||Least Concern|
|Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris||unknown||1990-2001||311 individuals||poor||A4i||Least Concern|
|Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris||non-breeding||1990-2001||5,500 individuals||medium||A4i||Vulnerable|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Melaleuca forests & woodlands||major|
|Shrubland||Chenopod shrubs, samphire shrubs and forblands||minor|
|Coastline||Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats; Mangrove wetlands||major|
|Wetlands (inland)||Riverine floodplains||major|
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|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Traditional Use|
Access/Land-Owner requests This IBA is on traditionally owned land.
References Chatto, R. (2000) Waterbird breeding colonies in the Top End of the Northern Territory. Technical Report 69, Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, Palmerston.
Chatto, R. (2003) The distribution and status of shorebirds around the coast and coastal wetlands of the Northern Territory. Technical Report 73, Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, Palmerston.
Chatto, R. (2006) The distribution and status of waterbirds around the coast and coastal wetlands of the Northern Territory. Technical Report 76, Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, Palmerston.
DEWHA (2008) Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia (NT022) http://www.environment.gov.au/water/publications/environmental/wetlands/database/ accessed 2008.
Harrison, L., McGuire, L., Ward, S. Fisher, A., Pavey, C., Fegan, M. and Lynch, B. (2009) An inventory of sites of international and national significance for biodiversity values in the Northern Territory. Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts & Sport, Darwin, NT.
Ward, S. and Harrison, L. (2009) Recognising sites of conservation significance for biodiversity values in the Northern Territory. Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts & Sport, Darwin, NT.
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