|Central coordinates||44o 38.00' West 60o 42.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii|
|Altitude||0 - 500m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2011|
Site description Pirie Peninsula lies on the northern coast of Laurie Island, between Jessie Bay and Browns Bay. The IBA comprises all ice-free areas and offshore islands in the Pirie Peninsula area on which birds are known to breed, based on records collected in 1983 (Poncet & Poncet 1985). Pirie Peninsula rises to over 250 m and contains numerous small areas free from permanent snow or ice cover.
Information on the environment at Pirie Peninsula is not available. The nearest research station is Orcadas (Argentina) which is located 6 km to the southwest of the IBA. See IBA Ant080 for information on this station.
Key Biodiversity Approximately 14,270 pairs of Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) were breeding at Pirie Peninsula in 1994 (N. Coria, pers. comm.). More than 170 pairs Imperial Shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps) were breeding in 1983 (Poncet & Poncet, unpublished data). Of these, 106 pairs were recorded on two islets off the western coast of Pirie Peninsula and 70 pairs were recorded at a skerry off the eastern coast. Approximately 3790 breeding pairs of Cape Petrel (Daption capense) were recorded at Pirie Peninsula in 1994 (N. Coria, pers. comm).
Non-bird biodiversity: None known.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Phalacrocorax atriceps||breeding||-||170 breeding pairs||-||A4i||Not Recognised|
|A4iii Species group - seabirds||-||-||-||-||A4iii|
Protection status None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pirie Peninsula, Laurie Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/12/2014
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