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Location French Southern Territories, Îles Kerguelen
Central coordinates 69o 0.00' East  48o 42.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A4ii, A4iii
Area 6,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 552m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description This site covers the northern part of Péninsule Loranchet, the northernmost part of Grande Terre. The southern border of the site is defined by a line running inland from the head of the Baie de la Dauphine. The coastline is extremely rugged with steep cliffs much dissected by fjords, while inland the relief is equally precipitate. Cats, rats and rabbits occur, but human visits are infrequent.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. At least 23 species breed. In addition to the Eudyptes chrysolophus rookery on the tip of the peninsula, 5,400 pairs of Eudyptes chrysocome also breed. There is a small colony of Diomedea melanophris (400 pairs). Several species of petrel occur, but only in small numbers. Daption capense and Phalacrocorax verrucosus are frequent on the cliffs. It is possible that numbers of breeding Phoebetria palpebrata, Phalacrocorax verrucosus and Anas eatoni 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
Southern Pintail Anas eatoni resident  1989  present  A2  Vulnerable 
Macaroni Penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus breeding  1989  250,000 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris breeding  1989  400 breeding pairs  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
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, 1996), Mougin (1985), Weimerskirch and Jouventin (1997), Weimerskirch et al. (1989).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Northern part of Péninsule Loranchet. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/12/2014

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