Key Biodiversity Areas: 2

Ozcranes KBAs Part 2 covers six KBAs in Western Australia and Northern Territory which have significant habitat for Brolgas. For background to the KBA program, and details of Queensland KBAs important for Sarus Cranes and Brolgas, see KBAs 1». A larger map showing 2008 aerial count results for Brolgas across Australia is in Brolga FAQ1».

Australian KBAs and cranes

Eight KBAs in Australia have been chosen based on their critical habitat for Brolgas and Sarus Cranes, as well as significant populations of other waterbirds or range-restricted species.

Australian KBAs critical for Brolgas and Sarus Cranes

KBALocationSignificance for Cranes
Atherton Tablelands Qld >1% global pop. vulnerable Sarus Crane
Gulf Plains Qld Sarus Crane breeding/>1% global pop. Brolga
Lake Gregory/Paraku WA >1% global pop. Brolga
Mandora Marsh/Anna Plains WA >1% global pop. Brolga
Cadell/Blyth Floodplains NT >1% global pop. Brolga
Blue Mud Bay NT >1% global pop. Brolga
Arafura Swamp NT >1% global pop. Brolga
Alligator Rivers Floodplains NT >1% global pop. Brolga

To see full information for any KBA, including these, visit BirdLife Datazone. In the Simple Search form, enter the name of the KBA (as per the Table), this gives a brief note on the formal criteria. Click on the NAME of the KBA (it is a link, though it looks like text) – to see Tabs with detailed information and maps. A map tool is available at BirdLife Australia KBA page.

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Brolga KBAs: WA & NT

Brolgas at Lake Gregory-Paraku, Western Australia (Paul Thomsen/ Djambalawa Public Domain)

Brolgas at Lake Gregory

Lake Gregory-Paraku

Lake Gregory is significant freshwater to saline wetland in arid Western Australia, with important breeding populations of waterfowl and major influxes of migratory waterbirds. A paper can be downloaded from University of Queensland: Halse, SA, GB Pearson, and WR Kay. ‘Arid zone networks in time and space: waterbird use of Lake Gregory in north-western Australia.’ International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences 24 (1998): 207-222. For more search at BirdLife International Datazone as above.

Mandora Marsh and Anna Plains

This KBA is a seasonally flooded wetland in Western Australia supporting significant populations of a number of waterbirds, including over 3,500 Brolgas. Halse et al 2005, ‘Mandora Marsh, north-western Australia, an arid-zone wetland maintaining continental populations of waterbirds.’ Emu 105, no. 2 (2005): 115-125. The abstract can be viewed at Emu For more search at BirdLife International Datazone as above..

Cadell-Blyth Floodplains

These Northern Territory floodplains on Boucalt Bay support up to 3,000 Brolgas and other waterbirds. For more search at BirdLife International Datazone as above.

Blue Mud Bay

This large bay on the western Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory, supports some 3,000 Brolgas and significant populations of Magpie Geese and Whistle Ducks. For more search at BirdLife International Datazone as above.

Arafura Swamp

This large inland floodplain in the Northern Territory Top End, and nearby coastal saline flats, support up to 7,000 resident Brolgas as well as significant populations of other waterbirds. For more search at BirdLife International Datazone as above.

Alligator Rivers Floodplains

This extensive floodplain complex, plus smaller wetlands and saline swamps, have been estimated to support over 1 million waterbirds including up to 24,000 Brolgas. See Morton et al 1993, ‘Distribution and abundance of Brolgas and Black-necked Storks in the Alligator Rivers region, Northern Territory.’ Emu 93, no. 2 (1993): 88-92, the abstract can be viewed at Emu. Much of the area is protected in the renowned Kakadu National Park. The Plan for Kakadu National Park including the significant wetlands can be downloaded from Environment Australia. For more search at BirdLife International Datazone as above.

Brolga wetland in Kakadu, Alligator Rivers, Northern Territory (Geoff Whalan, used under a CC Licence)

Brolga wetland Alligator Rivers

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