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Location Australia, Victoria
Central coordinates 146o 14.02' East  36o 18.67' South
IBA criteria A1
Area 25,280 ha
Altitude 140 - 185m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

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Summary The IBA supports the last few of the endangered Regent Honeyeater in Victoria and significant numbers of non-breeding Swift Parrots (endangered) in suitable flowering conditions. The IBA also supports small numbers of the vulnerable Painted Honeyeater, near threatened Diamond Firetail and non-breeding Flame Robin.

Site description This IBA includes all the box-ironbark woodland remnants that are significant for Swift Parrots in the Warby-Chiltern region of central Victoria (as defined by Kennedy and Tzaros 2005). This is east of the Rushworth Box-Ironbark Region IBA. Where only one area within a forest patch is known to be significant the whole patch is taken, as this is the usual management unit and Swift Parrots are likely to use the remaining woodland in smaller numbers or less regularly. This IBA includes Reef Hills (SP), Dookie, Goorambat, Balmattum and Creighton Hills (private), Warby Ranges State Park, Boweya Flore & Fauna Reserve, Chiltern National Park, Rutherglen Conservation Reserve and Mt Lady Franklin reserve. Other adjacent areas of woodland, including the Lurg Hills, are dominated by trees less suitable for these bird species and are excluded from the IBA, although these areas are still important for other woodland birds and support small numbers of the key IBA species. Most of the IBA is within protected areas or state forests, with only small forest blocks on private land.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor non-breeding  1995-2000  425 individuals  medium  A1  Endangered 
Regent Honeyeater Xanthomyza phrygia unknown  1990-2006  75 individuals  medium  A1  Critically Endangered 
Painted Honeyeater Grantiella picta breeding  1998-2008  uncommon  A1  Vulnerable 
Flame Robin Petroica phoenicea non-breeding  1998-2008  uncommon  A1  Near Threatened 
Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata resident  1998-2008  uncommon  A1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Baddaginnie I63 Natural Features Reserve - Bushland Reserve 9 protected area contained by site 11  
Balmattum Hill Natural Features Reserve - Bushland Reserve 79 protected area contained by site 77  
Barnawartha Natural Features Reserve - Scenic Reserve 131 protected area contained by site 134  
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park 21,560 protected area overlaps with site 4,209  
Dookie H52 Natural Features Reserve - Bushland Reserve 3 protected area contained by site 5  
Glenrowan I70 Natural Features Reserve - Bushland Reserve 17 protected area contained by site 29  
Mokoan H100 Natural Features Reserve - Bushland Reserve 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Mount Meg Nature Conservation Reserve 545 protected area contained by site 230  
Peechelba H104 Natural Features Reserve - Bushland Reserve 13 protected area contained by site 13  
Reef Hills State Park 2,020 protected area contained by site 2,040  
Rutherglen Nature Conservation Reserve 48 protected area contained by site 48  
Warby Range State Park 11,460 protected area contained by site 11,460  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Eucalypt woodlands  major

Land ownership Protected areas and state forests are owned and managed by the Victorian state government; the IBA also contains small areas of private land.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry major
nature conservation and research major

Protection status Numerous - see separate section.

Access/Land-Owner requests Some of the forest remnants are on private land without public access.

Acknowledgements Gary Cheers, Eileen Collins, Ian Davidson, Simon Kennedy and Chris Tzaros provided data and comments. The Friends of Chiltern have collected bird data and helped conserve the forest for many years.

References Environment Conservation Council (2001) Box-ironbark forests and woodlands investigation. Final Report. Melbourne: Environment Conservation Council.

Johnson, G. and Baker-Gabb, D. (1994) The Bush Stone-curlew in Northern Victoria (Part 1): Conservation and Management. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research Technical Report Series No. 129. Melbourne: Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Kennedy, S. (2000) Swift Parrot priority foraging and roost sites in Central Victoria. Bendigo, Victoria: Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Kennedy, S. (2001) Box-ironbark forests and woodlands investigation. Final report. Melbourne: Environment Conservation Council.

Kennedy, S.J. and Tzaros, C.L. (2005) Foraging ecology of the Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor in the box-ironbark forests and woodlands of Victoria. Pacific Conservation Biology 11: 158-173.

Lester, C. (2007) Painted Honeyeater, White-throated Nightjar, Powerful Owl at Chiltern National Park. Downloaded from http://www. eremaea.com/Birdline Species.aspx? Taxon = 7906 & Birdline = 1 in Feb 2009.

Pickering, B. (2006) Painted Honeyeater in Magenta Mine area, Chiltern National Park. Downloaded from http://www. eremaea.com/Birdline Species.aspx? Taxon = 7906 & Birdline = 1 in Feb 2009.

Ramsay, M. (2008) Painted Honeyeater at Killawarra Forest. Downloaded from http://www. eremaea.com/Birdline Species.aspx? Taxon = 7906 & Birdline = 1 in Feb 2009.

Shelley, L. (2008) Painted Honeyeater, Turquoise Parrot at Bartleys Block. Downloaded from http://www. eremaea.com/Birdline Species.aspx? Taxon = 7906 & Birdline = 1 in Feb 2009.

Traill, B.J., Collins, E., Peake, P. and Jessup, S. (1996) Current and past status of the birds of Chiltern - a box-ironbark forest in north-eastern Victoria. Australian Bird Watcher 16: 309-326.

Tzaros, C. (2005) Wildlife of the box-ironbark country. Collingwood, Victoria: CSIRO Publishing.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Warby-Chiltern Box-Ironbark Region. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/08/2014

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