|Central coordinates||57o 54.00' West 63o 18.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4ii, A4iii|
|Altitude||0 - 250m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2011|
Site description The Duroch Islands lie several hundred metres offshore from Cape Legoupil, northwestern Trinity Peninsula, northern Antarctic Peninsula. The island group includes Wisconsin Islands in the northeast and extends to Estay Rock in the southwest, and excludes Demas Rocks (Hattersley-Smith, 1991).
The nearest permanent scientific facility is Bernardo O’Higgins Station (Chile), which has capacity for ~44 people and operates year-round ~200 m to the south at Cape Legoupil (COMNAP, Antarctic Facilities, accessed 20/08/2010).
Key Biodiversity Around 14,000 pairs of several penguin species breed in a number of groups on the Duroch Islands, with approximately 3500 pairs Gentoo (P. papua), 800 pairs Adélie (P. adeliae), and 9400 pairs Chinstrap (P. antarctica) penguins recorded in 1990 (Poncet & Poncet, pers. comm.).
Non-bird biodiversity: None known.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Gentoo Penguin Pygoscelis papua||breeding||1990||3,500 breeding pairs||-||A1, A4ii||Near Threatened|
|A4iii Species group - seabirds||breeding||1990||14,000 breeding pairs||-||A4iii|
Protection status None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Duroch Islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/11/2014
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