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Location French Southern Territories, Îles Kerguelen
Central coordinates 69o 25.00' East  49o 35.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4ii, A4iii
Area 2,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 235m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description This site, in central-southern Grande Terre, includes part of the south-western slopes of Mont Ross, the highest peak in the French Southern Territories (1,850m) and the peculiar tilted, pointed peak known as the Doigt de Sainte Anne. The site consists of the lower mountain slopes and beaches of sand and pebbles. There is very little vegetation.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. At least 22 species breed, including nine pairs of Diomedea exulans (1989) and small numbers of Phalacrocorax verrucosus and Anas eatoni; 500 pairs of Pygoscelis papua, 6,000 pairs of Eudyptes chrysolophus and 4,000 pairs of E. chrysocome also breed. It is possible that numbers of breeding Pachyptila desolata, P. belcheri, Procellaria aequinoctialis, P. urinatrix and Chionis minor exceed thresholds, but quantitative data are lacking.

Non-bird biodiversity: The mammals Mirounga leonina and Arctocephalus gazella breed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus breeding  1989  21,500 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans breeding  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli breeding  1989  100-150 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Least Concern 
Kerguelen Tern Sterna virgata breeding  present  A1  Near Threatened 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Baie Larose. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/12/2014

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