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Location Australia, New South Wales (and ACT)
Central coordinates 150o 52.20' East  30o 26.48' South
IBA criteria A1
Area 346,830 ha
Altitude 500 - 1,100m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

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Summary This IBA supports the seond-largest population of the endangered Regent Honeyeater. It also supports significant numbers of the near threatened Diamond Firetail.

Site description This IBA consists of an area of woodland remnants south of Bundarra and east of Barraba, inland of Armidale in northern New South Wales. The boundary is defined by recent records of Regent Honeyeater but, in the absence of clear ecological boundaries, it follows roads for clarity and convenience: from Bundarra west to The Basin, then south-east to 5km south of Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve, then cross-country due west to Kingstown, south-west to Manilla and Ranagari then north to Barraba and Cobbadah and east to Gulf Creek and Bundarra. This includes remnants of Grassy White Box Woodlands and mugga ironbark woodlands which are mostly preserved as Travelling Stock Routes (TSR). It also includes intervening sections of TSR with different dominant trees, as Regent Honeyeaters occasionally use these other species and are believed to use the TSRs as corridors, including the Borah (200 ha), Black Springs, Mille Creek, Garibaldi, Gwydir Park Road, Coonoor and Tintinhull Travelling Stock Reserves, Ironbark Nature Reserve and Linton Nature Reserve. These TSRs are managed by the Tamworth Rural Lands Protection Board of the Tamworth Regional Council. The northern part of the IBA is dominated by the Nandewar Range of hills, and the south-east by the Namoi River, part of which is in the Warrabah National Park. Warrabah's vegetation is mainly woodland, with white cypress pine, hill red gum and Caley's ironbark. Barraba experiences average maximum temperatures of 16-18°C in winter and 31-32°C in summer with annual rainfall of 860 mm.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Regent Honeyeater Xanthomyza phrygia resident  1990-2007  10-100 individuals  A1  Critically Endangered 
Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata resident  1990-2008  uncommon  A1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ironbark Nature Reserve 1,657 protected area contained by site 1,604  
Linton Nature Reserve 668 protected area contained by site 640  
Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve 170 protected area contained by site 170  
Stony Batter Creek Nature Reserve 564 protected area contained by site 564  
Warrabah National Park 3,555 protected area contained by site 3,471  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Improved grassland & pasture  major
Savanna Eucalypt open woodlands  major

Land ownership Combination of Leasehold, freehold, nature reserves and Crown Land. Crown Land is managed by The Rural Lands Protection Board and nature reserves by NPWS.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research minor
rangeland/pastureland major

Protection status See separate listing.

Acknowledgements Thanks to Russ Watts as the compiler and the Tamworth Birdwatchers Incorporated for input. We also wish to acknowledge the assistance of Geoff Mitchell, Tamworth Regional Council and Damon Oliver, NPWS in Armidale.

References Austin, J.R. (2002) Conservation and identification of biodiversity on Travelling Stock Reserves of north west New South Wales. North West Rural Lands Protection Boards. National Heritage Trust project NW0163.99. Canberra: National Heritage Trust.

Ley, A.J., Oliver, D.L., and Williams, B. (1996) Observations on colour-banded Regent Honeyeaters Xanthomyza phrygia. Corella 20: 88-92.

Mitchell, G. (2004/5 and 2005/6) State of the Environment Report. Tamworth, NSW: Tamworth Regional Council.

Williams, B. (2005) Bundarra-Barraba. Where the Regents Roam 15: 10-11.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bundarra-Barraba. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/09/2014

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