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South Australian desert (secondary area)
Country/Territory Australia
Habitat loss

General characteristics 

This Secondary Area lies in the semi-arid and arid zones of the state of South Australia, defined by the range of its one endemic species, Chestnut-breasted Whiteface Aphelocephala pectoralis, which is widely but locally distributed in fewer than 40 localities. The key habitat is chenopod shrubland in stony environments which, in places, is being destroyed by opal mining and degraded by livestock and rabbit grazing. A. pectoralis is classified as Vulnerable because its population is unlikely to exceed 6,000 individuals and there is some evidence of decline (Garnett 1993).

Species IUCN Category
Chestnut-breasted Whiteface (Aphelocephala pectoralis)  NT 

Important Bird Areas (IBAs)

IBA Code Site Name Country
  Bulgunnia  Australia 
  Granite Downs  Australia 
  Mount Lyndhurst  Australia 

Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Endemic Bird Area factsheet: South Australian desert. Downloaded from on 29/10/2016

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