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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 68o 41.10' West  67o 44.93' South
IBA criteria A4i
Area 6 ha
Altitude 0 - 250m
Year of IBA assessment 2015

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pairs of Imperial Shags (Phalacrocorax atriceps) were estimated to breed on Ginger Islands in 1983 (Poncet & Poncet, unpublished data).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
Imperial Shag Phalacrocorax atriceps breeding  1983  275 breeding pairs  good  A4i  Least Concern 

Protection status None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ginger Islands. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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