Pegasus Bay Coast

Country/territory: New Zealand

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i (2014)
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Area: 2,500 ha

Forest and Bird

Key biodiversity

IBA Trigger species: Black-billed Gull, Black-fronted Tern, Black Stilt, Wrybill, Australasian Bittern, South Island Pied Oystercatcher.

Besides the trigger species the following species are confirmed or likely to be breeding: Aus-tralasian Crested Grebe, Black Shag, Little Black Shag, Little Shag, White-faced Heron, Mute Swan, Black Swan, Canada Goose, Paradise Shelduck, NZ Shoveler, Mallard, Grey Duck, Grey Teal, Black Scaup, Australasian Harrier, Californian Quail, Pheasant, Little Owl, Pukeko, Marsh Crake, Variable Oystercatcher, Pied Stilt, Banded Dotterel, Black-fronted Dotterel, Spur-winged Plover, Southern Black-backed Gull, Red-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, White-fronted Tern, NZ Pigeon, NZ Kingfish-er, Shining Cuckoo, Welcome Swallow, NZ Pipit, Grey Warbler, South Island Fantail, Silvereye, Skylark, Hedge Sparrow, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Yellowhammer, Cirl Bunting, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Redpoll, House Sparrow Starling, Australian Magpie.

Other species recorded: Australian Little Grebe, Spotted Shag, White Heron, Reef Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Royal Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Australian Coot, Pacific Golden Plover, Large Sand Plover, Mongolian Dotterel, Grey Plover, Turn-stone, Red (Lesser) Knot, Curlew Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Asiatic Dow-itcher, Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit, Asiatic Black-tailed Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit, Wandering Tattler, Siberian Tattler, Sand-erling, Far-eastern Curlew, Whimbrel, Greenshank, Terek Sandpiper, White-winged Black Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Little Tern, Bellbird.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pegasus Bay Coast. Downloaded from on 06/12/2021.