Australia lists Far Eastern Curlew and Curlew Sandpiper as critically endangered

Dr Mark Carey
Department of the Environment, Australian Government

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

  • Numenius madagascariensis (Far Eastern curlew)
  • Calidris ferruginea (Curlew sandpiper)

Far-Eastern-Curlew ©Jan-van-de-Kam, Birds Korea


Curlew-Sandpiper ©Robin-Newlin, Birds Korea

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 25 May 2015 (for further information The listings are effective today, 26 May 2015. Following registration, an approved conservation advice will be made available through SPRAT, this process can take several days.

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