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Cowper has or used to have 27 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Australasian Bittern.

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 Australasian Bittern

Australasian Bittern

Botaurus poiciloptilus

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

Botaurus poiciloptilus is found across 145 electorates.

The Australasian bittern is a secretive, stocky, heron-like bird, living in wetlands where it forages. Bitterns are very well camouflaged and can be difficult to spot in the reeds and rushes. On occasion they will even sway in time with reeds to blend into their surroundings. The distinctive booming call of males gives them away.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Adverse fire regimesAdverse fire regimes

Changed surface and groundwater regimesChanged surface and groundwater regimes

Climate change and severe weatherClimate change and severe weather

Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradationHabitat loss, fragmentation and degradation

Invasive species and diseasesInvasive species and diseases

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

Cowper has or used to have 42 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Australasian Bittern but they're just as important.

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