|Central coordinates||146o 14.02' East 36o 18.67' South|
|Altitude||140 - 185m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
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.
Ornithological information Bush Stone-curlew declined in Chiltern NP to two pairs by 1996 (Traill et al. 1996) and extirpated by 2008 when pairs probably restricted to remnants outside the IBA, including Department of Primary Industries research centre east of Rutherglen and Peechelba (E. Collins in litt. 2009). Other declining woodland birds include Brown Treecreeper, Speckled Warbler, Hooded Robin, Grey-crowned Babbler and Gilbert's Whistler; and occasional records of migrant Black Honeyeater (e.g. four records in 820 Atlas surveys from 1998 to 2008) and Pink Robin (e.g. two records in 820 Atlas surveys from 1998 to 2008). Many are still in decline: Grey-crowned Babbler, Gilbert's Whistler and Crested Bellbird became extirpated from Chiltern in the 1990s and Hooded Robin is much rarer now than in the past (Traill et al. 1996; E. Collins in litt. 2009).
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.
|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 [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Flame Robin Petroica phoenicea||non-breeding||1998-2008||uncommon [units unknown]||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata||resident||1998-2008||uncommon [units unknown]||-||A1||Least Concern|
|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|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
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||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||major|
Management considerations Investigate conservation partnerships with land-owners of box-ironbark remnants on private land, especially seeking to link remnants with larger patches of woodland and forest. Investigate habitat restoration and creation on more fertile land close to remnants. Advocate for protection of the 23% of priority box-ironbark sites that are still unprotected.
Protection status Numerous - see separate section.
Conservation response 77% of priority box-ironbark sites in central Victoria are now protected following an investigation by the Environment Conservation Council in 2001.
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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