Rabbit Island (Chatham Islands)

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Pitt shag, illustrated by Keulemans

Rabbit Island is a rocky islet lying off Tarawhenua Point on the north-west coast of Pitt Island in the Chatham Islands group of New Zealand. About 300 m long by 200 m across, its highest point is 44 m above sea level. It has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because it supports breeding colonies of the critically endangered Chatham and endangered Pitt shags.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Chatham Islands (Rabbit Island)". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  2. ^ Debski, Igor; Bell, Mike; Palmer, Dan. "MCSPOP2010-02 Chatham Island and Pitt Island Shag census 2011" (PDF). Department of Conservation, New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 

Coordinates: 44°14′24″S 176°16′54″W / 44.24000°S 176.28167°W / -44.24000; -176.28167