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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 44o 38.00' West  60o 42.00' South
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 690 ha
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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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   

Other biodiversity None known.

Protection status None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pirie Peninsula, Laurie Island. Downloaded from on 17/09/2014

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