Saunders Island

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2006 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
Ruddy-headed Goose Chloephaga rubidiceps LC breeding 2000-2001 2,500-9,999 individuals A2, A4i
Falkland Steamerduck Tachyeres brachypterus LC breeding 1995 250 breeding pairs A2, A4i
Gentoo Penguin Pygoscelis papua LC breeding 2000-2001 6,680 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
Southern Rockhopper Penguin Eudyptes chrysocome VU breeding 2000-2001 6,900 breeding pairs A1
Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus LC breeding 1995 4,230 breeding pairs A1
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris LC breeding 2000-2001 11,000 breeding pairs A1, A4ii
White-bridled Finch Melanodera melanodera LC breeding 2005 25 breeding pairs A2
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding 2005 20,000-49,999 breeding pairs A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2006).


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Southern temperate grassland -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Saunders Island. Downloaded from on 28/09/2023.