Tartar Island, King George Island

Country/territory: Antarctica

IBA Criteria met: A4iii (2015)
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Area: 12 ha

Protection status:

Site description

Tartar Island is a small (13 ha) ice-free oval-shaped island ~600 m across at its widest point and situated ~700 m northwest of Round Point on the northern coast of King George Island. The IBA qualifies on the basis of the concentration of seabirds present (in particular Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)) and comprises the whole of Tartar Island.

The nearest permanent scientific station is Comandante Ferraz (Brazil) which operates year-round on the northern shoreline of Admiralty Bay, located ~18 km to south, and which accommodates a maximum of ~40 people in the summer (COMNAP, Antarctic Facilities, accessed 24/08/2010).

Key biodiversity

Approximately 18 640 breeding pairs of Chinstrap Penguin were present on Tartar Island in 1980 (Jablonski 1984). Shuford & Spear (1988b) reported an estimated 15 000 to 20 000 pairs, although this count is for Tartar Island and Round Point combined. Information on other bird species in the area is not available.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tartar Island, King George Island. Downloaded from on 21/10/2020.