Port Pegasus

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2014 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
Yellow-eyed Penguin Megadyptes antipodes EN breeding 1999-2001 30-71 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Southern Red-breasted Plover Charadrius obscurus CR breeding - present A1
Kakapo Strigops habroptila CR resident - present A1
New Zealand Kaka Nestor meridionalis VU resident - present A1

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2014).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Rakiura National Park National Park 140,359 protected area overlaps with site 0


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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Port Pegasus. Downloaded from on 05/12/2023.