Western Australian Seabirds

Allan Burdidge, Western Australia, Department of Parks and Wildlife

Dataset credit

OBIS and OBIS Australia


Primary contact Allan Burdidge Western Australia, Department of Parks and Wildlife
Secondary contact Dave Watts CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere


Burdidge A (2017): Western Australian Seabirds. v1.0. CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ogc-act.csiro.au/ipt/resource?r=wa_seabirds&v=1.0
Burdidge, A. 2020. Western Australian Seabirds. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/103152529) on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from OBIS (https://obis.org/dataset/aa0a6b18-7314-4597-bedc-58682a7f2108)


The Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) Seabird Island Database includes all available literature records since the publication of The Handbook of Australian Seabirds (Serventy et al. 1971) (plus selected references prior to that date), data from our own and colleagues' field note books, data from the Birds Australia Nest Records Scheme (up to 1985) and information provided by scientists and naturalists via a Seabird Breeding Islands Database Form. The Database is designed to be used by conservation managers, scientists and naturalists and depends on the contributions of interested people.
Data downloaded from ALA (http://collections.ala.org.au/public/show/dr792) and taxa matched to the World Register of Marine Species



Supplemental information

This dataset was downloaded from OBIS (https://obis.org/). The records for only marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles and rays and sharks were extracted. Records with no longitude/latitude or no date (eventDate) were excluded.
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Data Provider's dataset page:


Burdidge A (2017): Western Australian Seabirds. v1.0. CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ogc-act.csiro.au/ipt/resource?r=wa_seabirds&v=1.0



This section explains attributes included in the original dataset. OBIS-SEAMAP restricts the attributes available to the public to date/time, lat/lon and species names/counts only. Should you need other attributes described here, you are encouraged to contact the data provider.

Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
All attributes are included in the downloadable file (CSV or ESRI File Geodatabase) for "Complete Set of Dataset".

Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidInternal ID
idRecord ID
dataset_idDataset ID
scientificnameScientific name
vernacularnameVernacular name
aphiaidAphia ID
taxonranktaxononic rank
individualcountGroup size / individual count
eventdateEvent date (precision varies)
eventtimeEvent time
decimallatitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
decimallongitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
coordinateprecisionCoordinate precision
catalognumberCatalog number
collectioncodeCollection code
occurrencestatusOccurrence status
basisofrecordBasis of record (HumanObservation / MachineObservation)
modifiedDate/time the record was modified
node_idNode ID
occurrenceidOccurrence ID
occurrenceremarksOccurrence remarks
eventidEvent ID
institutioncodeInstitution code
lifestageLife stage
sexGender of the animal if known
speciesSpecies by provider
datasetidDataset ID by provider
localityLocation of ocean
waterbodyDetails of ocean
droppedFlag indicating the record was dropped (always false)
absenceFlag indicating the record represents the absence of the species (always false)
marineFlag indicating the record is for marine life (always true)
Marine mammals0
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1940-08-17
Date, End2009-05-31
Temporal prec.111000
Latitude-35.06 - -12.24
Longitude113.05 - 128.78
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Traveled (km)0
Contr. throughiOBIS
Sharing policy CC-BY (All)
Also available in None
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