|Location||Australia, Western Australia|
|Central coordinates||119o 31.31' East 33o 14.17' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Altitude||310 - 400m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Summary This large IBA supports populations of the endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo, the vulnerable Malleefowl and six species restricted to the mallee and south-western biome.
Site description The IBA is defined by the remnant vegetation associated with Dunn Rock, Lake King and Pallarup Nature Reserves and adjacent unallocated Crown Land. It is situated in the southern Western Australia wheatbelt, about 250 km north-east of Albany. The IBA was identified from expert opinion that it supports a significant viable population of Malleefowl, as determined by records in relevant databases (notably the Malleefowl Preservation Group database of 1200 sightings over 15 years, WA Dept of Environment and Conservation, WA Museum and Birds Australia Atlas), and other literature and knowledge, that population viability is greatest within large areas of contiguous mallee or Acacia shrubland. The IBA excludes the Lake King complex of lakes and wetland habitat which is unsuitable for mallee birds. It represents core habitat for the Malleefowl as it contains a large amount of dense mallee favoured by the species. The area represents one of the largest remaining mallee remnants within the wheatbelt and contains vegetation assemblages that have largely been cleared elsewhere, and typically receives around 400 mm of rain per year. The site consists primarily of mallee, mallee-heath and salt pans, with small amounts of woodland.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Malleefowl Leipoa ocellata||resident||-||frequent||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Western Rosella Platycercus icterotis||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Red-capped Parrot Purpureicephalus spurius||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Regent Parrot Polytelis anthopeplus||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Blue-breasted Fairywren Malurus pulcherrimus||resident||1998-2008||common||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Purple-gaped Honeyeater Lichenostomus cratitius||resident||1998-2008||frequent||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Western Yellow Robin Eopsaltria griseogularis||resident||1998-2008||uncommon||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Short-billed Black-cockatoo Zanda latirostris||breeding||1998-2008||frequent||-||A1, A3||Endangered|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Dunn Rock||Nature Reserve||27,349||protected area contained by site||27,349|
|Lake King||Nature Reserve||40,096||protected area overlaps with site||18,674|
|Pallarup||Nature Reserve||4,185||protected area contained by site||4,189|
|Un-named (No. 20349)||Nature Reserve||1,770||protected area contained by site||1,770|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Savanna||Eucalypt open woodlands||5%|
|Shrubland||Heath; Mallee shrublands & woodlands||80%|
|Wetlands (inland)||Saline lakes||15%|
Land ownership Western Australian State Government with the nature reserves and the unallocated Crown Land managed by WA Dept of Environment and Conservation, although the unallocated Crown Land is not formally listed.
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||70%|
|Notes: Nature Reserve.|
|Notes: Unallocated Crown Land.|
Protection status Four - see separate section for details.
Access/Land-Owner requests Permits are required for access to Dunn Rock, Lake King and Pallarup Nature Reserves.
Acknowledgements Thanks to Blair Parsons for writing the nomination and to Carl Gosper for his assistance.
References Barrett, G.W., Silcocks,A., Barry, S., Cunningham, R. and Poulter, R. (2003) The New Atlas of Australian Birds. Melbourne: Birds Australia.
Benshemesh, J. (2000) National Recovery Plan for Malleefowl. Adelaide: Department of Environment and Heritage.
Bureau of Meteorology (2007) Climate Data Online (on-line). http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages Accessed December 2007.
Department of Environment and Heritage (2003) National Vegetation Information System (NVIS). Pre-European and Present Native Vegetation. (Published Data-Stage 1, Version 2) National Land & Water Resources Audit (on-line) Accessed 2006.
Parsons, B.C., Short, J.C. and Roberts, J.D. (2008) Contraction in the range of Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) in Western Australia: a comparative assessment using presence-only and presence-absence datasets. Emu 108: 221-231.
Parsons, B.C., Short, J.C. and Roberts, J.D. (in press) Using community observations to predict the occurrence of Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) in the Western Australian wheatbelt. Biological Conservation.
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