False Round Point, King George Island

Country/territory: Antarctica

IBA Criteria met: A4ii, A4iii (2015)
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Area: 111 ha

Protection status:

Site description

False Round Point is an ice-free headland on the northern coast of King George Island. The IBA qualifies on the basis of the Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) colony present and comprises all of the ice-free area at False Round Point.

The nearest permanent scientific station is Comandante Ferraz (Brazil) which operates year-round on the northern shoreline of Admiralty Bay, located ~30 km to southwest, and which accommodates a maximum of ~40 people in the summer (COMNAP, Antarctic Facilities, accessed 24/08/2010).

Key biodiversity

Approximately 49 410 breeding pairs of Chinstrap Penguin were present on the ice-free area at False Round Point in 1980 (Jablonski 1984), which is the second largest Chinstrap colony on King George Island after IBA ANT041 at Pottinger Point. Shuford & Spear (1988b) reported an estimated 50 000 to 87 500 breeding pairs in January 1987, although this count also included Chinstrap Penguins breeding on Pyrites Island, three small islets north of Gam Point, on Bach Quartet and on an islet south of Le Petit Prince. Information on other bird species in the area is not available.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: False Round Point, King George Island. Downloaded from on 21/10/2020.