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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 64o 14.00' West  65o 14.00' South
IBA criteria A4i
Area 47 ha
Altitude 0 - 250m
Year of IBA assessment 2011





Site description Uruguay Island is part of the Argentine Island group in the Wilhelm Archipelago, ~6 km from the Graham Coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. The island is ~1 km from north to south and ~500 m across. The IBA includes all of Uruguay Island.

Information on the environment of Uruguay Island is not available. The nearest scientific station is Vernadsky (Uruguay), located on Galindez Island ~1 km to the southwest. Vernadsky Station operates year-round and accommodates ~24 people in the summer (COMNAP, Antarctic Facilities, accessed 19/08/2010).

Key Biodiversity Approximately 203 pairs of Imperial Shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps) were breeding on Uruguay Island in 1986 (Poncet & Poncet, unpublished data).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Phalacrocorax atriceps breeding  1986  203 breeding pairs  A4i  Not Recognised 

Protection status None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Uruguay Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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