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Location French Southern Territories, Îles Kerguelen
Central coordinates 70o 0.00' East  49o 41.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4ii, A4iii
Area 12,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 844m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description Péninsule Jeanne d’Arc is the south-eastern extremity of Grande Terre, south of the Golfe du Morbihan (TF010). Cats, rats and rabbits have been introduced. The site is restricted to the southern edge of the peninsula and consists of cliffs that rise steeply from the sea to over 800 m. To the east of the site, a large glaciated valley opens into the Baie de l’Antarctique. Other than at Canyon des Sourcils Noirs, on the eastern edge of the site, which is frequently visited by scientists monitoring the study population of Diomedea melanophris, there is little human activity.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. At least 21 species breed. The penguin rookeries at the base of the cliffs also includes 3,000 pairs of Eudyptes chrysocome. Kerguelen’s only population of Phoebetria fusca (six pairs) is found at the Canyon des Sourcils Noirs, along with 1,300 pairs of Diomedea melanophris. Small numbers of Macronectes halli and Sterna virgata also breed. It is possible that numbers of breeding Phoebetria palpebrata, Procellaria aequinoctialis and Phalacrocorax verrucosus exceed thresholds, but quantitative data are lacking.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Macaroni Penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus breeding  1989  130,000 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris breeding  1989  1,300 breeding pairs  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 

Land use

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

References Cherel et al. (1996), Jouventin and Micol (1992), Jouventin et al. (1984, 1988, 1996), Weimerskirch and Jouventin (1997), Weimerskirch et al. (1989).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Southern coast of Péninsule Jeanne d'Arc. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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