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Location Australia, New South Wales (and ACT)
Central coordinates 150o 5.82' East  33o 1.98' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 70,641 ha
Altitude 280 - 900m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

BirdLife Australia

Summary The IBA is the most important breeding area for the endangered Regent Honeyeater. It also supports the vulnerable Painted Honeyeater and restricted-range Rockwarbler and the endangered Swift Parrot during the non-breeding season of this species.

Site description The IBA consists of the entire Capertee Valley, a distinct ecological region surrounded by granitic hills and sedimentary plateaux, located about 45 km north of Lithgow in central-eastern New South Wales. The IBA is defined by the boundary of the Capertee Valley IBRA sub-region to the west and the Blue Mountains & Wollemi IBA to the east. Capertee Valley has a temperate climate characterised by warm, dry summers and cool, damp winters; mean temperatures (minimum-maximum) vary from 2-15 Celsius (June) to 16-30 Celsius (January) and mean annual rainfall is 634 mm at Glen Davis. The valley is extensively cleared for cattle grazing with remnant woodland patches on low rolling hills, and is surrounded by timbered scree slopes and sandstone cliffs on the western side of the Blue Mountains & Wollemi National Parks and IBA. The remnant native vegetation of the valley consists mostly of dry sclerophyll forest and grassy woodland with smaller stands of wet sclerophyll forest and some patches of montane heath. Changes to land use in recent years have resulted in an increase in the extent of natural regrowth and revegetation by landholders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor non-breeding  1990-2007  250 individuals  medium  A1  Endangered 
Regent Honeyeater Xanthomyza phrygia resident  1990-2007  800 individuals  medium  A1  Critically Endangered 
Painted Honeyeater Grantiella picta resident  1998-2008  150 males only  A1  Vulnerable 
Rockwarbler Origma solitaria resident  1998-2008  common  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata resident  1998-2008  common  A1  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Improved grassland & pasture  30%
Forest Eucalypt open forests  30%
Savanna Eucalypt open woodlands  40%

Land ownership State or local government (Crown Land, State Forest) with agriculture and grazing privately owned.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture minor
Notes: Limited agricultural cropping in the lower Capertee Valley (DEC 2006).
rangeland/pastureland major

Protection status None.

Access/Land-Owner requests Most birds can be seen from public roads and land: don't climb fences or enter properties without an invitation from the owner and don't park dangerously on roads. See for more details.

Acknowledgements David Geering and Carol Probets wrote, commented on and provided data for the nomination.

References DEC (2006) The Vegetation of the Western Blue Mountains. Unpublished report funded by the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority. Department of Environment and Conservation: Hurstville.

Geering, D. (2006) Birds of the Capertee Valley. accessed on 7 November 2007.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Capertee Valley. Downloaded from on 02/10/2014

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