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Blaxland has or used to have 17 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Australian Painted Snipe.

We took care to attach appropriate images that are as close to representative of each species as our resources and the availability of images allowed. However, we could not ensure perfect accuracy in every case. Some images show species that share the same genus but not at the species or subspecies level.

Photo of Australian Painted Snipe

Australian Painted Snipe

Rostratula australis

Status: Endangered

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) lists threatened species under six categories:
Extinct, Extinct in the wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation dependent. Read more about these categories

Rostratula australis is found across 145 electorates.

The Australian Painted Snipe is a stocky wading bird around 220–250 mm in length with a long pinkish bill. The adult female, more colourful than the male, has a chestnut-coloured head, with white around the eye and a white crown stripe, and metallic green back and wings, barred with black and chestnut. There is a pale stripe extending from the shoulder into a V down its upper back. The adult male is similar to the female, but is smaller and duller with buff spots on the wings and without any chestnut colouring on the head, nape or throat. This species is generally seen singly or in pairs, or less often in small flocks. Flocking occurs during the breeding season, when adults sometimes form loose gatherings around a group of nests. Flocks can also form after the breeding season, and at some locations small groups regularly occur. Groups comprising of a male and up to six offspring have been observed.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Changed surface and groundwater regimesChanged surface and groundwater regimes

Climate change and severe weatherClimate change and severe weather

Disrupted ecosystem and population processesDisrupted ecosystem and population processes

Invasive species and diseasesInvasive species and diseases

Explore more about the threats facing species on our Resources page.

Blaxland has or used to have 15 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Australian Painted Snipe but they're just as important.

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