|Location||Australia, New South Wales (and ACT)|
|Central coordinates||150o 52.20' East 30o 26.48' South|
|Altitude||500 - 1,100m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2009|
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.
Key Biodiversity The IBA supports populations of a suite of declining woodland species, notably Brown Treecreeper, Hooded Robin, Speckled Warbler, Turquoise Parrot and Black-chinned Honeyeater. The near threatened Flame Robin and biome-restricted Black Honeyeater are rare visitors to the IBA (Atlas of Australian Birds database).
|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|
|2008||medium||not assessed||not assessed|
|Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data|
|Agricultural expansion and intensification||livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin||happening now||some of area/population (10-49%)||slow but significant deterioration||medium|
|Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species||logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale||happening now||small area/few individuals (<10%)||slow but significant deterioration||low|
|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|
|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||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||minor|
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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