Aramoana Otago Harbour

Year of compilation: 2014

Site description
Key biodiversity

IBA Trigger species: Yellow-eyed penguin, Stewart Island Shag*, Black-fronted Tern,
White-fronted Tern

*No count. Stewart Island Shags (VU) will forage fairly close to shore (i.e. within IBA boundaries) around high tide. They also move in and out of the harbour to their colony at Taiaroa Head.

Besides the trigger species the following species are confirmed or likely to be breeding: White-faced Heron, Black Swan, Canada Goose, Paradise Shelduck, NZ Shoveler, Mallard, Grey Teal, Australasian Harrier, Pukeko, Variable Oystercatcher, Pied Stilt, Banded Dotterel, Spur-winged Plover, Southern Black-backed Gull, Red-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Rock Pigeon, NZ Kingfisher, Welcome Swallow, NZ Pipit, Grey Warbler, South Island Fantail, Silvereye, Bellbird, Hedge Sparrow, Skylark, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Redpoll, House Sparrow, Starling.

Other species recorded: Australasian Crested Grebe, Australasian Gannet, Black Shag, Little Shag, White Heron, Royal Spoonbill, South Island Pied Oystercatcher, Pacific Golden Plover, Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit, Antarctic Tern, Eastern Rosel-

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity

Human disturbance – Yes - Set nets and other fishing activity

Predation by alien species – Yes - Dogs, cats, stoats, ferrets and rats

Habitat loss or degradation – No

Contamination – Yes

Natural disaster – No
Other – No

Protected areas

Aramoana - Protected Area - Protected area contained within site

Heyward Point - Conservation Area - Protected area contained within site

Heyward Point - Scenic Reserve - Protected area contained within site

Aramoana - Recreation Reserve - Protected area contained within site

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aramoana Otago Harbour. Downloaded from on 11/07/2020.