Adams Island

Year of compilation: 2014

Site description
Key biodiversity

IBA Trigger species: Yellow-eyed Penguin, Eastern Rockhopper Penguin, Antipodean (Gibson's) Albatross, Southern Royal Albatross, White-chinned Petrel, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Auckland Islands Shag, Auckland Island Rail,
New Zealand Snipe (Auckland Island Snipe), Auckland Island Teal, Red-crowned Parakeet

Ornithological information: Besides the trigger species the following species are confirmed or likely to be breeding: Northern Giant Petrel, Cape Petrel, White-headed Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Antarctic Prion, Black-bellied Storm Petrel, Grey-backed Storm Petrel, Common Diving Petrel, Brown Skua, Southern Black-backed Gull, Red-billed Gull, White-fronted Tern, Antarctic Tern. NZ Falcon, Yellow-crowned Parakeet, Banded Dotterel, Auckland Island Pipit, Auckland Island Tomtit, Silvereye, Bellbird, Tui, Hedge Sparrow, Redpoll, Starling.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity

Adams Island is near pristine and pest free. Entry is restricted to permit only. Vessels anchoring close to islands pose a thereat with the possibility of rats swimming shore.

Human disturbance – No
Predation by alien species – No
Habitat loss or degradation – No
Contamination – No
Natural disaster – No
Parasite or pathogen - No
Other – No

Protected areas

Auckland Islands - Nature Reserve - Protected area overlaps with site

Auckland Islands (Motu Maha) - Marine Reserve - Protected area adjacent to site

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Adams Island. Downloaded from on 28/09/2022.