Australia lists Bar-tailed Godwit and Great Knot as critically endangered


Dr Mark Carey
Department of the Environment, Australian Government

The Australian Government’s Minister for the Environment has agreed to list the following migratory shorebirds under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) as:


Critically endangered
    • Limosa lapponica menzbieri (Bar-tailed Godwit (spp menzbieri))
    • Calidris tenuirostris (Great Knot)

Bar-tailed Godwit © Eugene Cheah

Great Knot © Robin-Newlin, Birds Korea


    • Calidris canutus (Red Knot)
    • Charadrius mongolus (Lesser Sand Plover)

Red Knot © Adrian-Boyle, Birds Korea

Lesser Sand Plover © Eugene Cheah


  • Limosa lapponica baueri (Bar-tailed Godwit (spp baueri))
  • Charadrius leschenaultii (Greater Sand Plover)

Greater Sand Plover © Eugene Cheah


These species will remain listed ‘migratory’ and ‘marine’ under the EPBC Act. The registration of the legal instruments to give effect to the Minister’s decisions occurred on 4 May 2016 with the effective date of 5 May 2016. Following registration, approved conservation advice for these species will be made available through SPRAT.

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