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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 68o 42.00' West  67o 45.00' South
IBA criteria A4i
Area 6 ha
Altitude 0 - 250m
Year of IBA assessment 2011

Site description Ginger Islands are a small archipelago located in Marguerite Bay, approximately 0.5 km southeast of Adelaide Island, on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula. This IBA comprises the island group and the intervening marine area.

Detailed information on the environment of the Ginger Islands is not available, and meteorological records do not exist for the site. However, at Teniente Luis Carvajal Station, located ~10 km to the southwest, the mean daily maximum temperature was 3ºC in February for the period 1962-74, whilst the mean daily minimum temperature was –8ºC in August for the same period. Most snowfall occurs between August and October, with light precipitation occurring through the austral summer.

Key Biodiversity Approximately 3000 pairs of Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) along with 275 pairs of Imperial Shags (Phalacrocorax atriceps) were estimated to breed on Ginger Islands in 1983 (Poncet & Poncet, unpublished data). More recent data are not available.

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  1985  275 breeding pairs  A4i  Not Recognised 

Protection status None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ginger Islands. Downloaded from on 30/01/2015

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