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This instrument amends the list of threatened ecological communities to include Mallee Bird Community of the Murray Darling Depression Bioregion in the endangered category, as recommended by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee.
Administered by: Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
Registered 06 Dec 2021
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR08-Feb-2022
Tabled Senate08-Feb-2022
Date of repeal 08 Sep 2022
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003

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Commonwealth of Australia


List of Threatened Ecological Communities Amendment (EC151) Instrument 2021



I, SUSSAN LEY, Minister for the Environment, pursuant to paragraph 184(a) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, amend the list referred to in section 181 of that Act by including in the list of threatened ecological communities in the endangered category:


Mallee Bird Community of the Murray Darling Depression Bioregion


as described in the Schedule to this instrument.


This instrument commences the day after registration.




Sussan Ley


Sussan Ley

Minister for the Environment




Dated ....... 25th November 2021 ................................................................




Mallee Bird Community of the Murray Darling Depression Bioregion

The Mallee Bird Community of the Murray Darling Depression Bioregion is an assemblage of twenty bird species that are strongly dependent on mallee woodlands and shrublands in the Murray Darling Depression region of south-west New South Wales, north-west Victoria, and south-east South Australia.

The assemblage of birds comprises the following species (including any infraspecific taxa present in the extent, noting that scientific names are current at the time of listing and may change over time):

Common name

Species name

Black-eared Miner

Manorina melanotis

Chestnut Quail-thrush

Cinclosoma castanotum

Crested Bellbird

Oreoica gutturalis

Grey-fronted Honeyeater

Ptilotula plumula

Jacky Winter

Microeca fascinans

Mallee Emu-wren

Stipiturus mallee


Leipoa ocellata

Purple-gaped Honeyeater

Lichenostomus cratitius

Red-lored Whistler

Pachycephala rufogularis

Regent Parrot

Polytelis anthopeplus

Scarlet-chested Parrot

Neophema splendida

Shy Heathwren

Calamanthus cautus

Southern Scrub-robin

Drymodes brunneopygia

Splendid Fairy-wren

Malurus splendens

Spotted Pardalote

Pardalotus punctatus

Striated Grasswren

Amytornis striatus

Western Whipbird

Psophodes nigrogularis

White-eared Honeyeater

Nesoptilotis leucotis

White-fronted Honeyeater

Purnella albifrons

Yellow-plumed Honeyeater

Ptilotula ornata


The extent of the ecological community is the Murray Darling Depression bioregion plus the river channel regions associated with the Murray River and the Darling River anabranches that intrude into that bioregion.

The habitats associated with the Mallee Bird Community are native vegetation remnants that have mallee as a dominant component. Mallee vegetation has these features:

·      Mallee refers to a distinctive growth form of eucalypt trees characterized by multiple stems arising from a woody subterranean regenerative organ or lignotuber. Other non-mallee eucalypts or non-eucalypt native trees may be present in the tree canopy but do not represent the most common structural type;

·      Vegetation structure is a native woodland to shrubland where a tree canopy is present that is at least sparse (5% crown cover) in its mature form. It includes instances where disturbances, such as fire, may temporarily remove the tree canopy until the trees regenerate.