email a friend
printable version
Location Canada, Newfoundland
Central coordinates 53o 10.15' West  49o 46.26' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii
Area 14,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 14m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada



Site description Funk island is located approximately 60 km northeast of Cape Freels, off the northeastern coast of Newfoundland. The granitic island is generally flat although there are some low cliffs and boulder-strewn areas. The island is characterized mostly by bare rock, which is washed over by the sea in the fall and winter. One small area supports grassy turf, lichens and mosses. This meadow has grown up on soil formed by the rotting carcasses of Great Auks, which were exterminated at the beginning of the 19th century. Around the island, the cold productive waters of the Labrador Current support an abundance of zooplankton and fishes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus breeding  1985  6,075 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
Common Guillemot Uria aalge breeding  1985  396,000 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1985  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Funk Island Ecological Reserve 520 protected area contained by site 9,700  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

Contribute  Please click here to help BirdLife conserve the world's birds - your data for this IBA and others are vital for helping protect the environment.

Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Funk Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife