Kellick Island, King George Island

Country/territory: Antarctica

IBA Criteria met: A4iii (2015)
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Area: 13 ha

Protection status:

Site description

Kellick Island is a low-lying, ice-free island of ~13 ha lying ~2 km north of King George Island between Stigant Point and False Round Point. The IBA qualifies on the basis of the concentration of seabirds present (in particular Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)) and includes all of Kellick Island.

The nearest permanent scientific station is Comandante Ferraz (Brazil) which operates year-round on the northern shoreline of Admiralty Bay, located ~19 km to south, and which accommodates a maximum of ~40 people in the summer (COMNAP, Antarctic Facilities, accessed 24/08/2010).

Key biodiversity

Approximately 26 890 breeding pairs of Chinstrap Penguin were present at Kellick Island in 1980 (Jablonski 1984). Shuford & Spear (1988b) reported an estimated 15 000 to 25 000 breeding pairs in January 1987. 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: Kellick Island, King George Island. Downloaded from on 21/10/2020.