|Location||Australia, Northern Territory|
|Central coordinates||130o 20.39' East 13o 27.85' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3, A4i|
|Altitude||0 - 10m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Summary The floodplains of the Daly and Reynolds Rivers support internationally significant numbers of Magpie Geese, Wandering Whistling-Ducks, Pied Herons and probably other waterbirds including Intermediate Egrets. The IBA also includes the adjacent mudflats of Anson Bay which supports up to 27,000 waders probably including more than 1% of the world's Great Knots. The IBA also supports the near-threatened Bush Stone-curlew and six restricted-range or savanna biome-restricted species.
Site description This IBA consists of all of the adjacent floodplains of the Daly and Reynolds Rivers, which have many waterbird colonies including large numbers of Magpie Geese, and Anson Bay which supports over (unidentified) 20,000 shorebirds. The Downs and Litchfield sections of the Reynolds floodplain are identified as of major importance for breeding and non-breeding Magpie Geese (Parks & Wildlife 2007). The Docherty floodplain, although poorly known, is mapped as having breeding Magpie Geese (Parks & Wildlife 2007), has similar habitat and is included for its inferred waterbird populations and its ecological role within the Anson Bay system. Many of these floodplain species may be attracted by the mixed open habitat whereas most flood plains in the Top End are dominated by solid stands of sedge and reed. The adjacent mudflats of Anson Bay support large numbers of birds from the North Peron Islands to Cape Ford. Waterbird colonies = ref W006, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 58, 59 (Chatto 2000).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Magpie Goose Anseranas semipalmata||resident||1984-1991||50,000-332,000 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Wandering Whistling-duck Dendrocygna arcuata||non-breeding||1990-2000||40,000 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Pied Heron Ardea picata||resident||1990-2000||2,500 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Bush Thick-knee Burhinus grallarius||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A1||Least Concern|
|Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris||non-breeding||1990-2002||5,000 individuals||poor||A4i||Vulnerable|
|Varied Lorikeet Psitteuteles versicolor||unknown||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Rainbow Pitta Pitta iris||resident||1998-2008||frequent||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|White-gaped Honeyeater Lichenostomus unicolor||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Silver-crowned Friarbird Philemon argenticeps||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Bar-breasted Honeyeater Ramsayornis fasciatus||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Australian Yellow White-eye Zosterops luteus||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Channel Point||Coastal Reserve||250||protected area overlaps with site||107|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Melaleuca forests & woodlands||major|
|Wetlands (inland)||Riverine floodplains||major|
|Coastline||Estuarine waters; Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats; Mangrove wetlands||major|
Land ownership Daly River / Port Keats ALT, and grazing properties, Litchfield Station, Labelle Downs Station.
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Traditional Use|
Protection status Overlaps Channel Point Coastal Reserve.
Access/Land-Owner requests This IBA is on Traditionally Owned land and two private grazing properties.
References Bamford, M., Watkins, D., Bancroft, W., Tischler, G. and Wahl, J. (2008) Migratory Shorebirds of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway; Population Estimates and Internationally Important Sites. Canberra: Wetlands International-Oceania.
Chatto, R. (2000) Waterbird breeding colonies in the Top End of the Northern Territory. Technical Report 69. Palmerston, Northern Territory: Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.
Chatto, R. (2001) The distribution and status of colonial breeding seabirds in the NT. Technical Report 70. Palmerston, Northern Territory: Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.
Chatto, R. (2003) The distribution and status of shorebirds around the coast and coastal wetlands of the Northern Territory. Technical Report 73. Palmerston, Northern Territory: Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.
Chatto, R. (2006) The distribution and status of waterbirds around the coast and coastal wetlands of the Northern Territory. Technical Report 76. Palmerston, Northern Territory: Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.
DEWHA (2008) A Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia. Daly-Reynolds Floodplain-Estuary System - NT024. 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. Darwin: Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts & Sport.
Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory (2007) Management program for the magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata) in the Northern Territory of Australia. Unpublished report. Palmerston, Northern Territory: Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.
Ward, S. and Harrison, L. (2009) Recognising sites of conservation significance for biodiversity values in the Northern Territory. Darwin: Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts & Sport.
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