Baie Larose

Country/territory: French Southern Territories

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4ii, A4iii (2001)
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Area: 2,000 ha

Site description
This site, in central-southern Grande Terre, includes part of the south-western slopes of Mont Ross, the highest peak in the French Southern Territories (1,850m) and the peculiar tilted, pointed peak known as the Doigt de Sainte Anne. The site consists of the lower mountain slopes and beaches of sand and pebbles. There is very little vegetation.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. At least 22 species breed, including nine pairs of Diomedea exulans (1989) and small numbers of Phalacrocorax verrucosus and Anas eatoni; 500 pairs of Pygoscelis papua, 6,000 pairs of Eudyptes chrysolophus and 4,000 pairs of E. chrysocome also breed. It is possible that numbers of breeding Pachyptila desolata, P. belcheri, Procellaria aequinoctialis, P. urinatrix and Chionis minor exceed thresholds, but quantitative data are lacking.

Non-bird biodiversity: The mammals Mirounga leonina and Arctocephalus gazella breed.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Baie Larose. Downloaded from on 27/01/2023.