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This checklist includes all bird species found in South Shetland Island , based on the best information available at this time. It is based on a wide variety of sources that I collated over many years. I am pleased to offer these checklists as a service to birdwatchers. If you find any error, please do not hesitate to .

The taxonomic order and nomenclature follows Clements, version 2015. If you prefer to view the list based on a different authority, click on one of the list available below. Globally threatened species (status in red) were identified by Birdlife International in Threatened Birds of the World (Birds to Watch 3).

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Country or region: South Shetland Island [map]
Number of species: 36
Number of globally threatened species: 4


King PenguinAptenodytes patagonicus
Emperor PenguinAptenodytes forsteriRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Adelie PenguinPygoscelis adeliaeNear-threatened
Gentoo PenguinPygoscelis papuaNear-threatened
Chinstrap PenguinPygoscelis antarcticus
Magellanic PenguinSpheniscus magellanicusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Macaroni PenguinEudyptes chrysolophusVulnerable
Southern Rockhopper PenguinEudyptes chrysocomeRare/Accidental Vulnerable


Gray-headed AlbatrossThalassarche chrysostomaEndangered
Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophris
Light-mantled AlbatrossPhoebetria palpebrataNear-threatened
Royal AlbatrossDiomedea epomophoraRare/Accidental
Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulans


Southern Giant-PetrelMacronectes giganteus
Northern Giant-PetrelMacronectes halli
Southern FulmarFulmarus glacialoides
Antarctic PetrelThalassoica antarcticaRare/Accidental
Cape PetrelDaption capense
Snow PetrelPagodroma nivea
Kerguelen PetrelAphrodroma brevirostris
White-headed PetrelPterodroma lessonii
Blue PetrelHalobaena caerulea
Antarctic PrionPachyptila desolata
Slender-billed PrionPachyptila belcheri
White-chinned PetrelProcellaria aequinoctialisVulnerable
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna griseaNear-threatened


Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus
Black-bellied Storm-PetrelFregetta tropica

SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Antarctic ShagPhalacrocorax bransfieldensis


Snowy SheathbillChionis albus


South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormicki
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticus


Kelp GullLarus dominicanus
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Antarctic TernSterna vittata


White-crested ElaeniaElaenia albicepsRare/Accidental


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