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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 64o 13.52' West  65o 14.20' South
IBA criteria A4i
Area 42 ha
Altitude 0 - 250m
Year of IBA assessment 2015

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203 pairs of Imperial Shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps) were breeding on Uruguay Island in 1986 (Poncet & Poncet, unpublished data).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
Imperial Shag Phalacrocorax atriceps breeding  1986  134 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 

Protection status None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Uruguay Island. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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