Disappointment Island

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2014

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Auckland Teal Anas aucklandica NT resident - - A1
Auckland Island Rail Lewinia muelleri VU resident - present A1
Antipodean Albatross Diomedea antipodensis EN breeding 1907-1993 192-352 breeding pairs A1
White-capped Albatross Thalassarche steadi NT breeding 1972-2013 84,949-111,979 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
White-headed Petrel Pterodroma lessonii LC breeding 1907 5,000-10,000 breeding pairs A4ii
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis VU breeding 1907-2015 min 155,000 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Auckland Snipe Coenocorypha aucklandica NT resident - present A1
Red-fronted Parakeet Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae LC - - present A1
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a - - 100,000-499,999 breeding pairs A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 1,386,792 protected area contains site 0
Auckland Islands - Motu Maha Marine Reserve 505,710 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Auckland Islands Nature Reserve 57,103 protected area contains site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
Grassland Tussock grasslands -
Marine Intertidal -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Disappointment Island. Downloaded from on 21/03/2023.