North Otago

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2014 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Yellow-eyed Penguin Megadyptes antipodes EN breeding 1966-2011 17-36 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Stewart Island Shag Leucocarbo chalconotus VU breeding 1984-2015 min 235 breeding pairs A1, A4i

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2014).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Tavora Reserve Conservation Covenant 40 protected area overlaps with site 0
Shag Point/Matakaea Scientific Reserve 5 protected area overlaps with site 0
Kakanui Beach Road Stewardship Area 1 protected area overlaps with site 0
Catseye Point Stewardship Area 1 protected area contained by site 0
Bushy Beach Scenic Reserve 11 protected area overlaps with site 0
Bushy Beach Stewardship Area 8 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Marine Intertidal -
Shrubland -
Forest -
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine -
Introduced vegetation -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: North Otago. Downloaded from on 21/02/2024.