Nightingale Island group

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2001 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
Southern Rockhopper Penguin Eudyptes chrysocome VU breeding 1974 125,000 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
White-faced Storm-petrel Pelagodroma marina LC breeding 1974 10,000 breeding pairs A4ii
White-bellied Storm-petrel Fregetta grallaria LC breeding 1974 100-1,000 breeding pairs A4ii
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos EN breeding 1974 5,000 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Sooty Albatross Phoebetria fusca EN breeding 1974 125-250 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Broad-billed Prion Pachyptila vittata LC breeding 1974 10,000 breeding pairs A4ii
Soft-plumaged Petrel Pterodroma mollis LC breeding 1974 100-1,000 breeding pairs A4ii
Great Shearwater Ardenna gravis LC breeding 1990 3,000,000 breeding pairs A4ii
Antarctic Tern Sterna vittata LC breeding 1974 100-400 breeding pairs A4i
Brown Skua Catharacta antarctica LC breeding 1974 100-510 breeding pairs A4ii
Tristan Thrush Turdus eremita NT resident 1998 present A1, A2
Wilkins's Finch Nesospiza wilkinsi CR resident 1998 present A1, A2
Nightingale Island Finch Nesospiza questi VU resident 1998 present A1, A2
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding - 5,000,000-9,999,999 individuals A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2001).

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Nightingale Island group. Downloaded from on 21/09/2023.