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Location French Southern Territories, Îles Crozet
Central coordinates 50o 27.00' East  45o 58.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4ii, A4iii
Area 800 ha
Altitude 0 - 292m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description This site is located close to the Île aux Cochons, on the western side of the archipelago. It consists of a small group of eroded reefs and sheer islands. The main island is 3 km long. The steep coastal cliffs make access from the sea virtually impossible; they have therefore only very occasionally been visited by man. The site is free of any introduced animal species and is therefore in a largely unaltered state.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Macaroni Penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus breeding  200,000-900,000 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma breeding  present [units unknown]  A1  Endangered 
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophrys breeding  1984  330 breeding pairs  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans breeding  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Sooty Albatross Phoebetria fusca breeding  present [units unknown]  A1  Endangered 
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche carteri breeding  1,230 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Endangered 
Northern Giant-petrel Macronectes halli breeding  150 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Least Concern 
Medium-billed Prion Pachyptila salvini breeding  20,000-90,000 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
Common Diving-petrel Pelecanoides urinatrix breeding  20,000-90,000 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
Kerguelen Tern Sterna virgata breeding  present [units unknown]  A1  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Antarctique francaise National Park 36,700 protected area contains site 800  

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
not utilised -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Jouventin and Micol (1992), Jouventin et al. (1984, 1988, 1996).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Îles des Apôtres. Downloaded from on 19/04/2014

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