Monitoring coastal bird populations

The varied and highly productive coastal and marine environments of KI provide important breeding and foraging habitats for many species of resident and migratory sea and shore birds. In South Australia, KI is an important refuge for a number of coastal bird species of high conservation status. The Natural Resources Kangaroo Island (NRKI) Coast and Marine Program has been responsible for the coordination of monitoring programs to estimate the population status of several coastal bird species. 

  • Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis),
  • White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
  • Osprey (Pandion cristatus)
  • Little penguins (Eudyptula minor). 

An improved understanding of population trends, breeding success and potential threats at local and regional levels can inform management decisions to ensure these species are afforded the best chance of survival in the future.  


Name: Osprey
Scientific name: Pandion haliaetus
Regional status: Endangered
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White-bellied sea eagle

Name: White-bellied sea eagle
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Regional status: Endangered
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