Nature conservation

Threatened species

Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)

Saving our Species strategy

This species has been assigned to the Partnership (widespread) management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

Less than 10% of the species occurs within NSW.

Conservation status

Strategic importance

The magpie goose has a broad distribution across Australia, extending to New Guinea. It is considered Australia’s most abundant resident waterbird, with estimated population size fluctuating but exceeding one million birds. The species in southern Australia including NSW, South Australia, and Victoria is threatened due to degradation of wetland breeding habitat, especially due to reduced flooding caused by river regulation and water harvesting. Some birds in NSW appear to be resident. Though birds can travel long distances, there is no evidence that the status of local occurrences depends directly on movement from northern Australia. There is anecdotal and some quantitative evidence from aerial surveys that the population is declining in parts of northern Australia, with key habitats at risk from sea level rise. Securing resident sites and areas across the species’ southern distribution is considered important for maintaining the area of occupancy for the species, protecting it against broader future declines, and maintaining genetic diversity.

Conservation status in other Australian jurisdictions

Australian state/territoryConservation status
South AustraliaEndangered

Management objectives

This SoS strategy aims to secure critical populations of this species in NSW in the long-term and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the NSW Government and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken. Currently, no management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.