Moore and Byers Islands and Banks

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2008 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Fork-tailed Storm-petrel Hydrobates furcatus LC breeding 1988 30,040 breeding pairs A4ii
Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater LC breeding 1988 79 breeding pairs A4i
Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata LC breeding 1988 91,640 breeding pairs A4ii
Cassin's Auklet Ptychoramphus aleuticus NT breeding 1988 22,730 breeding pairs A4ii
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding 1988 100,000-499,999 breeding pairs A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2008).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Moore/Mckenny/Whitmore Islands Ecological Reserve Ecological Reserve 330 protected area contained by site 0
Moore/McKenny/Whitmore Islands Provincial Park 2,323 protected area contained by site 4,500
Byers/Conroy/Harvey/Sinnett Islands Ecological Reserve Ecological Reserve 11,932 protected area contained by site 12,000


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate coniferous -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Moore and Byers Islands and Banks. Downloaded from on 01/03/2024.