|Central coordinates||145o 15.25' East 16o 9.71' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Altitude||0 - 1,330m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2009|
Summary The Daintree IBA supports a population of the vulnerable Southern Cassowary and all of the 15 restricted-range species of the Queensland Wet Tropics. Most Wet Tropics endemics are common but the status of White-streaked Honeyeater is poorly known.
Site description The Daintree IBA is located at the northern end of the Wet Tropics and encompasses one of the largest and most intact blocks of tropical rainforest remaining in Australia stretching from Helenvale south to Mount Molloy and encompassing 269,041 ha. The boundary of the IBA coincides with the Wet Tropics World Heritage area. Additional areas of forest could be included in the IBA but the World Heritage Area adequately protects populations of all the key bird species. Dominating the underlying geology of the area are granites and metamorphics, forming high hills and mountains which rise up from a narrow coastal plain. Covering this topography is rainforest vegetation; the Daintree IBA encompasses the most intact sequence of rainforest vegetation from coast to mountain top in the Wet Tropics. Overall the area has little human impact although development pressure is increasing. The climate of the region is monsoonal with a pronounced wet and dry season.
Key Biodiversity Infrequent sightings of Bush Stone-curlew, Silver-crowned Friarbird, Yellow Honeyeater and Banded Honeyeater were reported in Atlas of Australian Bird surveys from 1998 to 2008 (Atlas of Australian Birds).
Non-bird biodiversity: The Daintree IBA contains populations of three species of endangered frog, Common Mistfrog, Waterfall Frog and Lace-eyed Tree Frog. The area also contains a number of threatened plant species and Regional Ecosystems. Given its location in the Wet Tropics and the isolated and rugged nature of the area, it is almost certain that with further investigation other significant fauna and flora values will be discovered within the IBA.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Southern Cassowary Casuarius casuarius||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Tooth-billed Bowerbird Scenopoeetes dentirostris||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Golden Bowerbird Prionodura newtoniana||resident||1998-2008||frequent||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Lovely Fairywren Malurus amabilis||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Macleay's Honeyeater Xanthotis macleayanus||resident||1998-2008||frequent||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Bridled Honeyeater Lichenostomus frenatus||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Yellow-spotted Honeyeater Meliphaga notata||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A2||Least Concern|
|White-streaked Honeyeater Trichodere cockerelli||resident||1998-2008||rare||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Fernwren Oreoscopus gutturalis||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Atherton Scrubwren Sericornis keri||resident||1998-2008||frequent||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Mountain Thornbill Acanthiza katherina||resident||1998-2008||abundant||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Chowchilla Orthonyx spaldingii||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Bower's Shrike-thrush Colluricincla boweri||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Pied Monarch Arses kaupi||resident||1998-2008||frequent||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Victoria's Riflebird Ptiloris victoriae||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Pale-yellow Robin Tregellasia capito||resident||1998-2008||abundant||-||A2||Least Concern|
|2008||medium||not assessed||not assessed|
|Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data|
|Climate change and severe weather||habitat shifting and alteration||likely in long term (beyond 4 years)||some of area/population (10-49%)||moderate to rapid deterioration||medium|
|Residential and commercial development||tourism and recreation areas||happening now||some of area/population (10-49%)||no or imperceptible deterioration||low|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Black Mountain||National Park||903||protected area contained by site||903|
|Cairns||Marine Park||702,533||protected area overlaps with site||2,315|
|Cedar Bay||National Park||5,650||protected area contained by site||5,650|
|Cooper Creek Wilderness Nature Refuge||Other Conservation Area||56||protected area contained by site||56|
|Daintree||National Park||76,798||protected area contained by site||76,800|
|Great Barrier Reef||Marine Park||34,440,000||protected area overlaps with site||403|
|Great Barrier Reef||World Heritage Site||34,870,000||protected area is adjacent to site||0|
|Mount Lewis||Forest Reserve||21,287||protected area overlaps with site||14,058|
|Mount Spurgeon||Forest Reserve||1,194||protected area contained by site||1,194|
|Mount Windsor||National Park||43,820||protected area overlaps with site||20,367|
|Mowbray||National Park||8,670||protected area overlaps with site||2,960|
|Riflemead 1||Forest Reserve||627||protected area contained by site||627|
|Riflemead 2||Forest Reserve||1,043||protected area contained by site||1,043|
|Von Keyserlingk Woodlands Nature Refuge||Other Conservation Area||67||protected area overlaps with site||56|
|Wet Tropics of Queensland||World Heritage Site||894,420||protected area contains site||265,614|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Rainforest & vine thickets||95%|
Land ownership Queensland State Government - Dept of NPWS.
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||100%|
Protection status Numerous - see separate section.
Acknowledgements The nomination was prepared by Alastair Freeman.
References Barrett, G., Silcocks, A., Barry, S., Cunningham, R. and Poulter,R. (2003) 'The new atlas of Australian birds'. (Birds Australia: Melbourne).
Crome, F.H.J. and Moore, L.A. (1990) Cassowaries in north-eastern Queensland: report of a survey and a review and assessment of their status and conservation and management needs. Australian Wildlife Research 17: 369-385.
Garnett, S. and Crowely, G. (2000). 'The Action Plan for Australian birds'. (Environment Australia: Canberra).
Higgins, P.J., Peter, J.M. and Steele, W.K. (2001) Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Volume 5. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Hilbert, D.W., Bradford, M., Parker, T. and Westcott, D.A. (2004) 'Golden bowerbird (Prionodura newtoniana) habitat in past, present and future climate: predicted extinction of a vertebrate in tropical highlands due to global warming. Biological Conservation 16 :367-377.
Nix, N.A. and Switzer, M.A. (1991). 'Rainforest animals. Atlas of vertebrates endemic to Australia's Wet Tropics'. (Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service: Canberra).
Stanton, P. and Stanton, D. (2005). 'Vegetation mapping of the Wet tropics. Wet Tropics Management Authority, Cairns. Australia.
Wet Tropics Management Authority (1996). Wet tropics in profile. Reference guide to the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area. (Wet Tropics Management Authority, Cairns).
Contribute Please click here to help BirdLife conserve the world's birds - your data for this IBA and others are vital for helping protect the environment.
Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Daintree. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2015
To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife