Threatened Species of the Capricorn Region


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Threatened Bird species 

There are three bird species in the Capricornia region that fall into this category. 

Definition: A species is considered to be endangered if it has not been seen in the wild for a period of time, habitat has been reduced to the point where the species is in danger of extinction, the population size has reduced to a point where the species is in danger of extinction or the survival of the species in the wild is unlikely if a threatening process continues.

Endangered Threatened by
Yellow Chat Capricorn Yellow Chat Loss of habitat, feral pigs and grazing of habitat. 
Little tern Coastal recreational activities including 4WD driving on beaches, trail bike riding and bush walking that can crush eggs and chicks.  Foxes, wild dogs, cats rats and silver gulls.  Human disturbance, pesticides and contamination.

Red Goshawk
Loss of habitat due to urban development, agriculture and forestry.  Grazing and frequent burning reduce availability of prey.  Illegal shooting and egg collecting.

There are seven bird species in the Capricornia region that are in this category. 

Definition: A species is considered to be vulnerable if its population is decreasing, its population has been seriously depleted, its population is at risk from a threatening process, its population is localised or depends on a limited habitat.

Vulberable     Threatened by
Beach-stone Curlew Loss of habitat, pollution due to industrial and/or residential development, feral cats, dogs and pigs, vehicles driving on beaches.

Black-breasted Button-quail Loss of habitat and fragmentation of habitat due to forestry, agriculture and urban development.  Habitat degradation due to cattle, feral pigs, exotic weeds and fire.  Predation by wild dogs, cats and foxes
Crimson Finch Destruction of habitat due to fire and degradation of habitat due to exotic weeds.
Glossy Black Cockatoo Loss of habitat due to clearing, burning of fire sensitive species of Casuarina, residential development, fragmentation of habitat.
Painted Snipe Drainage of wetlands, clearing of wetland vegetation, reduced river flows due to increased irrigation, overgrazing of wetland areas.
Powerful Owl Clearing of habitat for agriculture and grazing, logging and wildfires, predation by foxes.
Squatter Pigeon Clearing of habitat, overgrazing, fox predation.

There are six bird species in the Capricornia region that are in this category.  

Definition: A species is considered to be rare if it very uncommon or scarce in the landscape.  It is also used to describe a species that has a narrow range or occupies fragmented habitat.  This category is due to be discontinued in Queensland in 2010 with rare species to be assessed and placed into other categories. 

Vulberable     Threatened by
Black-necked Stork (Jabiru)    Loss of habitat and human disturbance.

Sooty Oystercatcher    Disturbance by humans
Cotton-pygmy Goose    Drainage of wetlands, invasion of wetlands by introduced weeds, heavy grazing of wetland areas, use of chemicals near wetlands
Radjah Shelduck    Loss of habitat and human disturbance.
Lewin’s Rail    Drainage of wetlands, grazing of fringing wetland vegetation, feral pigs, foxes, cats.
Square-tailed Kite    Clearing of habitat, shooting and illegal egg collecting.

What can you do to help?
If you would like to help our threatened species there are a number of ways that you can get involved.  You can contact the CCC Coordinator to enquire about community involvement or you can contact Birds Australia Capricornia, to enquire about bird monitoring programs. Tel: 07 49354645, email:

Information source
The source of information for the threatened bird species in Capricornia was the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) website at