Heard and McDonald Islands

Country/territory: Heard Island and McDonald Islands (to Australia)

IBA criteria met: A1, A4ii, A4iii (2009)
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Area: 37,045 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2018 favourable medium medium
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Site summary
Massive numbers of nesting seabirds include the endangered Black-browed Albatross, the vulnerable Macaroni and (Southern) Rockhopper Penguins, near threatened Light-mantled Sooty Albatross and Gentoo Penguin, >1% world population of King Penguin, Southern Giant Petrel, Fulmar Prion, Brown Skua and Black-faced Sheathbill, and an endemic (sub)species of Imperial Shag.

The nomination was prepared by Birds Australia with assistance from Eric Woehler.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Heard and McDonald Islands. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/heard-and-mcdonald-islands-iba-heard-island-and-mcdonald-islands-(to-australia) on 22/02/2024.