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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 61o 33.00' West  62o 21.00' South
IBA criteria A4i
Area 98 ha
Altitude 0 - 250m
Year of IBA assessment 2011

Site description Bluff Island (also known as Murray Island) is located in the Gerlache Strait, 500 m from Danco Coast on the western Antarctic Peninsula. The IBA comprises of a ice-free area on a peninsula on the north side of Bluff Island.

Information on the environment at the site is not presently available.

Key Biodiversity This area is home to an estimated 180 pairs of Imperial Shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps), recorded breeding on the western side of a small peninsula on the north coastline of Bluff Island in 1989 (Poncet & Poncet, unpublished data). No other birds are known to breed at the site.

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  1989  180 breeding pairs  A4i  Not Recognised 

Protection status None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bluff Island. Downloaded from on 01/04/2015

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