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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 63o 27.00' West  64o 55.00' South
IBA criteria A4i
Area 202 ha
Altitude 0 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2011

Site description Pursuit Point is a largely ice-covered peninsula located on southeastern Wiencke Island, one of the larger islands in the Palmer Archipelago, which lies west of Gerlache Strait, ~9 km from the Antarctic Peninsula. The IBA includes all land and ice within a 1 km radius of the breeding locality.

Information on the local environment at the site is not available. The nearest scientific station is Yelcho (Chile), a summer-only facility located 8 km to the northwest on southern Doumer Island and which is temporarily closed (COMNAP, Antarctic Facilities, accessed 19/08/2010).

Key Biodiversity Colonies of around 140 breeding pairs of Imperial Shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps) and 200 breeding pairs of Gentoo Penguins (Pygoscelis papua) breed at Pursuit Point (Poncet & Poncet 1987; Poncet & Poncet, unpublished data).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  140 breeding pairs  A4i  Not Recognised 

Protection status None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Pursuit Point, Wiencke Island. Downloaded from on 10/02/2016

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