AQ043
Milosz Point / Czeslaw Point, King George Island


Country/territory: Antarctica

IBA Criteria met: A4iii (2015)
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Area: 52 ha

Protection status:


Site description

Milosz Point and Czeslaw Point are situated near Brimstone Peak on the northern coast of King George Island, and lie ~4 km west of North Foreland between Venus Bay and Emerald Cove. The IBA qualifies on the basis of the concentration of seabirds present (in particular Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)) and comprises the entire ice-free area of Milosz Point and Czeslaw Point.

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

Key biodiversity

Approximately 16 770 breeding pairs of Chinstrap Penguin were present at Milosz Point and Czeslaw Point in 1980 (Jablonski 1984). Shuford & Spear (1988b) estimated between 7500 to 8500 breeding pairs in January 1987, although this was only a rough count. In view of the size of the colony, the age of count and interseasonal fluctuations in breeding numbers, a conservative approach has been taken and the IBA has been retained pending further data. Information on other birds breeding at the site is not available.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Milosz Point / Czeslaw Point, King George Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2020.