Western Chain

Country/territory: New Zealand

IBA criteria met: A1, A4ii, A4iii (2014)
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Area: 17 ha

Forest and Bird

Key biodiversity

Snares Penguin, Salvin's Albatross, Buller's Albatross (Southern Buller's Albatross), Chatham Albatross.

Besides the trigger species the following species are confirmed or likely to be breeding: Snares Cape Petrel, Mottled Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Fairy Prion, Fulmar Prion, Broad-billed Prion, Common Diving Petrel, Brown Skua, Southern Black-backed Gull, Red-billed Gull, Antarctic Tern.

Black-browed Albatross (n=3) and White-capped Albatross (n=2) have been observed on the ground or flying over islands.

Other species recorded: Little Penguin, Erect-crested Penguin, Black Shag, Mallard, White-fronted Tern, Song Thrush.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Western Chain. Downloaded from on 28/05/2023.