Important Bird Areas (IBAs) are sites of global bird conservation importance. Each IBA meets one of four global criteria used by BirdLife International. IBAs are priority areas for bird conservation - Birds Australia aim to monitor birds at theIBAs, advocate their importance to government, and work with land-holders and other local people to conserve them.
IBAs are a site-scale conservation prioritisation only and do not imply unimportance of excluded areas. Areas not designated as Important Bird Areas may also be important for bird conservation, especially for species such as arid country and savanna species whose conservation is best addressed at landscape-scales rather than site-scales.Restricted
Birds Australia freely allows non-commercial copying and distribution of the Important Bird Areas geodatabase. Data should be cited on all electronic and hard copy products using the language as written below. Commercial use of the Important Bird Area data is prohibited.
Citation: When the IBA geodatabase is used any printed or digital products, it shall be cited as: "Birds Australia (2009) Important Bird Areas of Australia. Downloaded from http://www.birdsaustralia.com.au/ibas".
Comprehensive site specific surveys have not been conducted for each IBA, therefore, these data are not a definitive statement of the presence or absence of any species at any location. These data should not be considered a substitute for on-site surveys that may be required for an environmental assessment, environmental impact statement, or conservation planning.
Birds Australia makes no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the use or appropriateness of use of the enclosed data, nor are there warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use.
Boundaries are based on known distributions of key birds, key habitats and/or expert opinion. Cadastral boundaries may be used where more practicable. However protected areas are preferentially chosen for any IBAs nominated solely for 'restricted-range' (A2) species. IBAs therefore commonly include a variety of land ownerships and uses. All major land-holders will be consulted directly or through appropriate umbrella land-use organisations