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There are about 3,000 Hooded Plovers in eastern Australia and 4,000 in the west (Garnett and Crowley2000). The total population in South Australia is about 540 birds (Natt and Weston 1995). There are at least470 and probably 6 00 in Victoria (Murlis 1989, Weston 1995, 2003), about 1,700 in Tasmania (Newman andPatterson 1984, Holdsworth and Park 1993), and about 6 0 in New South Wales (Morris 1989).Densities south of Narooma (NSW) to the Victorian border of around 0.6 birds per km are similar to thosethroughout Victoria (0.7 birds per km). Victorian populations have been generally stable over recent years(Murlis 1989), with wide variation in counts between years due to weather conditions during surveys, thoughthere has been a decline during 1980 and 1992 between Westernport and Wilson.s Promontory (Weston1993) and on Phillip Island (Baird and Dann 2003). Bransbury (1991) recorded 1.6 birds per km on KangarooIsland! See Dennis and Masters 2006 for updated data, but only 0.5 per km in south-east South Australia(Bransbury 1983). Kangaroo Island is home to about one-third of South Australia.s Hooded Plovers, and overthe last 20 years the population there has declined by c.24% , with greatest declines (44% ) on the eastern andnorthern coasts where there is greatest human disturbance (Dennis and Masters 2006 ). Similar declines andsome local extinctions occurred on highly disturbed Tasmanian beaches during 1988-96 (Woehler and Park1997). Densities of Hooded Plovers are highest on the coasts of Tasmania (Schulz and Menkhorst 1984) andwestern Victoria (Murlis 1989, Weston 1993) at 3.5 – 4.4 birds per km.