Peebinga Conservation Park

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Peebinga Conservation Park
South Australia
Peebinga Conservation Park is located in South Australia
Peebinga Conservation Park
Peebinga Conservation Park
Nearest town or city Pinnaroo
Coordinates 34°58′39″S 140°49′22″E / 34.97750°S 140.82278°E / -34.97750; 140.82278Coordinates: 34°58′39″S 140°49′22″E / 34.97750°S 140.82278°E / -34.97750; 140.82278
Established 14 March 1940[1]
Area 33.61 km2 (13.0 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
See also Protected areas of South Australia
Malleefowl standing in shade
The park is an important site for Malleefowl

Peebinga Conservation Park is a 34 km2 protected area lying 40 km north of the town of Pinnaroo in the Murray Mallee region of south-eastern South Australia, about 240 km east of Adelaide and 10 km west of the Victorian border.

Description[edit]

The park contains much land that was previously cleared for agriculture. It is characterised by remnants of mallee woodland on low, stabilised dunes. with regenerating open shrubland and grassland on sand plains.[2] The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category Ia protected area.[3]

Flora and fauna[edit]

As well as grasses, the vegetation features Ridge-fruited and Slender-leaved Mallee with Warty Cypress Pine over Broombush; the higher areas have Square-fruited, Red and White Mallees.[2]

Fauna found in the park includes Western Grey Kangaroos and Short-beaked Echidnas.[2]

Birds[edit]

Peebinga Important Bird Area[edit]

The reserve has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports a relatively large population of Malleefowl. It previously had a population of the Eastern Mallee subspecies of the Western Whipbird (Psophodes nigrogularis leucogaster), which is now locally extinct.[4] Purple-gaped Honeyeaters are present.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 25 November 2014)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Important Bird Areas factsheet: Peebinga". BirdLife International. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "CAPAD 2012 South Australia Summary (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2012. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "IBA: Peebinga". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-09-16.