Species Profile and Threats Database

EPBC Migratory Species Lists

The species currently on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) migratory species list are shown below. Please note that, for each listing, the scientific name used is that at the time of the listing. Where the commonly accepted scientific name has changed since the listing, the arrow arrow always points to the accepted scientific name. To sort the list, click on a (blue) column title. Sort keys are cumulative.

The list of migratory species established under section 209 of the EPBC Act comprises:

Bonn Convention

The Bonn Convention appendices identify migratory taxa at and below the species level, as well as some whole families in Appendix II. The convention definition of migratory species is ‘the entire population or any geographically separate part of the population of any species or lower taxon of wild animals, a significant proportion of whose members cyclically and predictably cross one or more national jurisdictional boundaries’. This definition has been adopted in the EPBC Act.

The family listings in Appendix II of the Bonn Convention do not explicitly include all members of each family and, for the purposes of the EPBC Act, the family listings include only those species which are native to Australia and are known to be cyclical and predictable migrants into and out of Australia. The taxonomy of families used in the Bonn Convention appendices is not regularly updated. To hide the display of the family, as it is likely to confuse particularly in relation to the Bonn treaty, click here: hide family

The following codes are used in the Bonn Convention appendices:


The annexes to JAMBA, CAMBA and ROKAMBA identify species known to be regular and predictable migrants between the agreement countries. JAMBA also refers to endangered bird species of each country, but none of these species are regular migrants between Australia and Japan.

Further information is available on the Migratory species in Australia page.

Family Current Scientific Name left arrow Listed Scientific Name Common Name Bonn CAMBA JAMBA ROKAMBA
Sylviidae Acrocephalus orientalis left arrow Acrocephalus arundinaceus s. lat. Oriental Reed-Warbler   Listed   Listed
Scolopacidae Actitis hypoleucos left arrow Tringa hypoleucos Common Sandpiper   Listed   Listed
Anatidae Anas clypeata Northern Shoveler   Listed Listed Listed
Anatidae Anas querquedula Garganey, Garganey Teal A2H Listed Listed Listed
Laridae Anous stolidus Common Noddy   Listed Listed  
Apodidae Apus pacificus Fork-tailed Swift   Listed Listed Listed
Ardeidae Ardea ibis left arrow Ardeola ibis Cattle Egret   Listed    
Ardeidae Ardea modesta left arrow Egretta alba Eastern Great Egret   Listed Listed  
Procellariidae Ardenna grisea left arrow Puffinus griseus Sooty Shearwater   Listed Listed  
Scolopacidae Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Calidris acuminata Sharp-tailed Sandpiper A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Calidris alba Sanderling A2H Listed Listed  
Scolopacidae Calidris alpina Dunlin   Listed   Listed
Scolopacidae Calidris canutus Red Knot, Knot A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Calidris ferruginea Curlew Sandpiper A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Calidris ruficollis Red-necked Stint A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Calidris subminuta Long-toed Stint A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Calidris tenuirostris Great Knot A2H Listed Listed Listed
Procellariidae Calonectris leucomelas left arrow Puffinus leucomelas Streaked Shearwater   Listed    
Charadriidae Charadrius asiaticus Caspian Plover   Listed    
Charadriidae Charadrius dubius Little Ringed Plover   Listed   Listed
Charadriidae Charadrius hiaticula Ringed Plover   Listed Listed Listed
Charadriidae Charadrius leschenaultii Greater Sand Plover, Large Sand Plover A2H Listed Listed Listed
Charadriidae Charadrius mongolus Lesser Sand Plover, Mongolian Plover A2H Listed Listed Listed
Laridae Chlidonias leucopterus left arrow Chlidonias leucoptera White-winged Tern, White-winged Black Tern   Listed   Listed
Laridae Chlidonias niger Black Tern   Listed Listed  
Rallidae Crex crex Corncrake A2S Listed    
Cuculidae Cuculus saturatus Oriental Cuckoo   Listed Listed Listed
Ardeidae Egretta sacra Eastern Reef Egret   Listed    
Fregatidae Fregata andrewsi Christmas Island Frigatebird, Andrew's Frigatebird   Listed    
Fregatidae Fregata ariel Lesser Frigatebird, Least Frigatebird   Listed Listed Listed
Fregatidae Fregata minor Great Frigatebird, Greater Frigatebird   Listed Listed  
Scolopacidae Gallinago hardwickii Latham's Snipe, Japanese Snipe A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Gallinago megala Swinhoe's Snipe A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Gallinago stenura Pin-tailed Snipe A2H Listed Listed Listed
Glareolidae Glareola maldivarum Oriental Pratincole   Listed Listed Listed
Gruidae Grus antigone Sarus Crane   Listed    
Accipitridae Haliaeetus leucogaster White-bellied Sea-Eagle   Listed    
Apodidae Hirundapus caudacutus White-throated Needletail   Listed Listed  
Hirundinidae Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow   Listed Listed Listed
Hirundinidae Hirundo striolata Striated Swallow   Listed    
Hydrobatidae Hydrobates leucorhoa left arrow Oceanodroma leucorhoa Leach's Storm-Petrel   Listed Listed  
Jacanidae Hydrophasianus chirurgus Pheasant-tailed Jacana   Listed    
Laridae Hydroprogne caspia Caspian Tern   Listed Listed  
Ardeidae Ixobrychus sinensis Yellow Bittern   Listed    
Scolopacidae Limicola falcinellus Broad-billed Sandpiper A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Limnodromus semipalmatus Asian Dowitcher A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Limosa lapponica Bar-tailed Godwit A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Limosa limosa Black-tailed Godwit A2H Listed Listed Listed
Motacillidae Motacilla alba White Wagtail   Listed    
Motacillidae Motacilla cinerea Grey Wagtail   Listed   Listed
Motacillidae Motacilla citreola Citrine Wagtail   Listed    
Motacillidae Motacilla flava Yellow Wagtail   Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew A2H Listed    
Scolopacidae Numenius madagascariensis Eastern Curlew A1 Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Numenius minutus Little Curlew, Little Whimbrel A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Numenius phaeopus Whimbrel A2H Listed Listed Listed
Laridae Onychoprion anaethetus left arrow Sterna anaethetus Bridled Tern   Listed Listed  
Phaethontidae Phaethon lepturus White-tailed Tropicbird   Listed Listed  
Scolopacidae Phalaropus fulicaria left arrow Phalaropus fulicarius Grey Phalarope   Listed Listed  
Scolopacidae Phalaropus lobatus Red-necked Phalarope A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Philomachus pugnax Ruff (Reeve) A2H Listed Listed Listed
Sylviidae Phylloscopus borealis Arctic Warbler A2H Listed    
Threskiornithidae Plegadis falcinellus Glossy Ibis A2S Listed    
Charadriidae Pluvialis dominica American Golden Plover A2H Listed    
Charadriidae Pluvialis fulva Pacific Golden Plover A2H Listed Listed Listed
Charadriidae Pluvialis squatarola Grey Plover A2H Listed Listed Listed
Rallidae Rallina fasciata Red-legged Crake   Listed    
Rostratulidae Rostratula australis left arrow Rostratula benghalensis (sensu lato) Australian Painted Snipe   Listed    
Laridae Stercorarius pomarinus Pomarine Jaeger, Pomarine Skua   Listed Listed  
Laridae Sterna hirundo Common Tern   Listed Listed Listed
Laridae Sterna sumatrana Black-naped Tern   Listed Listed  
Laridae Sternula albifrons left arrow Sterna albifrons Little Tern A2S Listed Listed Listed
Sulidae Sula leucogaster Brown Booby   Listed Listed Listed
Sulidae Sula sula Red-footed Booby   Listed Listed  
Laridae Thalasseus bengalensis left arrow Sterna bengalensis Lesser Crested Tern   Listed    
Scolopacidae Tringa brevipes Grey-tailed Tattler A2H Listed   Listed
Scolopacidae Tringa glareola Wood Sandpiper A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Tringa incana Wandering Tattler A2H Listed    
Scolopacidae Tringa nebularia Common Greenshank, Greenshank A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Tringa stagnatilis Marsh Sandpiper, Little Greenshank A2H Listed Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Tringa totanus Common Redshank, Redshank A2H Listed   Listed
Scolopacidae Xenus cinereus Terek Sandpiper A2H Listed Listed Listed
Sylviidae Acrocephalus orientalis Oriental Reed-Warbler A2H      
Scolopacidae Actitis hypoleucos Common Sandpiper A2H   Listed  
Ardeidae Ardea ibis left arrow Bubulcus ibis Cattle Egret     Listed  
Procellariidae Ardenna carneipes left arrow Puffinus carneipes Flesh-footed Shearwater, Fleshy-footed Shearwater     Listed Listed
Procellariidae Ardenna pacifica left arrow Puffinus pacificus Wedge-tailed Shearwater     Listed  
Procellariidae Ardenna tenuirostris left arrow Puffinus tenuirostris Short-tailed Shearwater     Listed Listed
Balaenopteridae Balaenoptera bonaerensis Antarctic Minke Whale, Dark-shoulder Minke Whale A2S      
Balaenopteridae Balaenoptera borealis Sei Whale A1      
Balaenopteridae Balaenoptera edeni Bryde's Whale A2S      
Balaenopteridae Balaenoptera musculus Blue Whale A1      
Balaenopteridae Balaenoptera physalus Fin Whale A1      
Scolopacidae Calidris alba left arrow Crocethia alba Sanderling       Listed
Scolopacidae Calidris bairdii Baird's Sandpiper     Listed  
Scolopacidae Calidris mauri Western Sandpiper     Listed  
Scolopacidae Calidris melanotos Pectoral Sandpiper A2H   Listed Listed
Scolopacidae Calidris minuta Little Stint       Listed
Procellariidae Calonectris leucomelas Streaked Shearwater     Listed Listed
Neobalaenidae Caperea marginata Pygmy Right Whale A2S      
Lamnidae Carcharodon carcharias Great White Shark A1      
Cheloniidae Caretta caretta Loggerhead Turtle A1      
Hirundinidae Cecropis daurica left arrow Hirundo daurica Red-rumped Swallow       Listed
Cetorhinidae Cetorhinus maximus Basking Shark A1      
Charadriidae Charadrius bicinctus Double-banded Plover A2H      
Charadriidae Charadrius veredus Oriental Plover, Oriental Dotterel A2H   Listed Listed
Cheloniidae Chelonia mydas Green Turtle A1      
Laridae Chlidonias leucopterus White-winged Tern, White-winged Black Tern     Listed  
Crocodylidae Crocodylus porosus Salt-water Crocodile, Estuarine Crocodile A2S      
Nymphalidae Danaus plexippus Wanderer Butterfly A2S      
Dermochelyidae Dermochelys coriacea Leatherback Turtle, Leathery Turtle, Luth A1      
Diomedeidae Diomedea epomophora epomophora left arrow Diomedea epomophora (sensu stricto) Southern Royal Albatross A2S      
Diomedeidae Diomedea epomophora sanfordi left arrow Diomedea sanfordi Northern Royal Albatross A2S*      
Diomedeidae Diomedea exulans (sensu lato) Wandering Albatross A2S   Listed  
Diomedeidae Diomedea exulans amsterdamensis left arrow Diomedea amsterdamensis Amsterdam Albatross A1      
Diomedeidae Diomedea exulans antipodensis left arrow Diomedea antipodensis Antipodean Albatross A2S*      
Diomedeidae Diomedea exulans exulans left arrow Diomedea dabbenena Tristan Albatross A2S*      
Diomedeidae Diomedea exulans gibsoni left arrow Diomedea gibsoni Gibson's Albatross A2S*      
Dugongidae Dugong dugon Dugong A2S      
Cheloniidae Eretmochelys imbricata Hawksbill Turtle A1      
Balaenidae Eubalaena australis Southern Right Whale A1      
Apodidae Hirundapus caudacutus left arrow Chaetura caudacuta White-throated Needletail       Listed
Lamnidae Isurus oxyrinchus Shortfin Mako, Mako Shark A2S      
Lamnidae Isurus paucus Longfin Mako A2S      
Delphinidae Lagenodelphis hosei SE Asian population Fraser's Dolphin, Sarawak Dolphin A2S      
Delphinidae Lagenorhynchus obscurus Dusky Dolphin A2S      
Campephagidae Lalage leucopyga leucopyga Norfolk Island Long-tailed Triller     Presumed Extinct  
Lamnidae Lamna nasus Porbeagle, Mackerel Shark A2S      
Cheloniidae Lepidochelys olivacea Olive Ridley Turtle, Pacific Ridley Turtle A1      
Procellariidae Macronectes giganteus Southern Giant-Petrel A2S      
Procellariidae Macronectes halli Northern Giant-Petrel A2S      
Mobulidae Manta birostris Giant Manta Ray, Chevron Manta Ray, Pacific Manta Ray, Pelagic Manta Ray, Oceanic Manta Ray A1      
Balaenopteridae Megaptera novaeangliae Humpback Whale A1      
Meropidae Merops ornatus Rainbow Bee-eater     Listed  
Dicruridae Monarcha frater Black-winged Monarch A2H      
Dicruridae Monarcha melanopsis Black-faced Monarch A2H      
Dicruridae Myiagra cyanoleuca Satin Flycatcher A2H      
Cheloniidae Natator depressus Flatback Turtle A2H      
Hydrobatidae Oceanites oceanicus Wilson's Storm-Petrel     Listed  
Delphinidae Orcaella heinsohni left arrow Orcaella brevirostris Australian Snubfin Dolphin A2S      
Delphinidae Orcinus orca Killer Whale, Orca A2S      
Accipitridae Pandion cristatus left arrow Pandion haliaetus Eastern Osprey A2S      
Phocoenidae Phocoena dioptrica Spectacled Porpoise A2S      
Diomedeidae Phoebetria fusca Sooty Albatross A2S      
Diomedeidae Phoebetria palpebrata Light-mantled Sooty Albatross A2S      
Physeteridae Physeter macrocephalus Sperm Whale A1      
Procellariidae Procellaria aequinoctialis White-chinned Petrel A2S      
Procellariidae Procellaria aequinoctialis left arrow Procellaria aequinoctialis aequinoctialis White-chinned Petrel A2S      
Procellariidae Procellaria cinerea Grey Petrel A2S      
Procellariidae Procellaria parkinsoni Black Petrel A2S      
Procellariidae Procellaria westlandica Westland Petrel A2S      
Procellariidae Pterodroma solandri Providence Petrel     Listed  
Rhincodontidae Rhincodon typus Whale Shark A2S      
Dicruridae Rhipidura rufifrons Rufous Fantail A2H      
Delphinidae Sousa chinensis Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin A2S      
Delphinidae Stenella attenuata E Tropical Pacific, SE Asian populations Spotted Dolphin, Pantropical Spotted Dolphin A2S      
Delphinidae Stenella longirostris E Tropical Pacific, SE Asian populations Long-snouted Spinner Dolphin A2S      
Laridae Stercorarius longicaudus Long-tailed Jaeger, Long-tailed Skua     Listed  
Stercorariidae Stercorarius maccormicki left arrow Catharacta maccormicki South Polar Skua     Listed  
Laridae Stercorarius parasiticus Arctic Jaeger, Arctic Skua     Listed Listed
Laridae Sterna dougallii Roseate Tern     Listed  
Sulidae Sula dactylatra Masked Booby     Listed Listed
Dicruridae Symposiachrus trivirgatus Spectacled Monarch A2H      
Diomedeidae Thalassarche bulleri Buller's Albatross, Pacific Albatross A2S      
Diomedeidae Thalassarche bulleri platei left arrow Thalassarche sp. nov. Northern Buller's Albatross, Pacific Albatross A2S*      
Diomedeidae Thalassarche cauta cauta left arrow Thalassarche cauta (sensu stricto) Shy Albatross, Tasmanian Shy Albatross A2S      
Diomedeidae Thalassarche cauta eremita left arrow Thalassarche eremita Chatham Albatross A2S*      
Diomedeidae Thalassarche cauta salvini left arrow Thalassarche salvini Salvin's Albatross A2S*      
Diomedeidae Thalassarche cauta steadi left arrow Thalassarche steadi White-capped Albatross A2S*      
Diomedeidae Thalassarche chlororhynchos Yellow-nosed Albatross, Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross, Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross A2S      
Diomedeidae Thalassarche chlororhynchos bassi left arrow Thalassarche carteri Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross A2S*      
Diomedeidae Thalassarche chrysostoma Grey-headed Albatross A2S      
Diomedeidae Thalassarche melanophris Black-browed Albatross A2S*      
Diomedeidae Thalassarche melanophris impavida left arrow Thalassarche impavida Campbell Albatross A2S*      
Scolopacidae Tringa brevipes left arrow Heteroscelus brevipes Grey-tailed Tattler     Listed  
Scolopacidae Tringa incana left arrow Heteroscelus incanus Wandering Tattler     Listed  
Scolopacidae Tryngites subruficollis Buff-breasted Sandpiper     Listed Listed
Delphinidae Tursiops aduncus (Arafura/Timor Sea populations) Spotted Bottlenose Dolphin (Arafura/Timor Sea populations) A2S      


This database is designed to provide statutory, biological and ecological information on species and ecological communities, migratory species, marine species, and species and species products subject to international trade and commercial use protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). It has been compiled from a range of sources including listing advice, recovery plans, published literature and individual experts. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no guarantee is given, nor responsibility taken, by the Commonwealth for its accuracy, currency or completeness. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this database. The information contained in this database does not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth. This database is not intended to be a complete source of information on the matters it deals with. Individuals and organisations should consider all the available information, including that available from other sources, in deciding whether there is a need to make a referral or apply for a permit or exemption under the EPBC Act.

Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). SPRAT EPBC Migratory Lists in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed 2014-08-31T10:22:02.