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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 44o 38.23' West  60o 41.61' South
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 605 ha
Altitude 0 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2015

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 More than 170 pairs Imperial Shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps) were breeding in 1983 (Poncet & Poncet, unpublished data).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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Imperial Shag Phalacrocorax atriceps breeding  1983  170 breeding pairs  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1983-1994  14,440 breeding pairs  medium  A4iii   

Protection status None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Pirie Peninsula, Laurie Island. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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