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Location Finland, Lapin lääni
Central coordinates 28o 32.00' East  66o 14.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 7,651 ha
Altitude 450 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A wilderness of natural boreal forests and diverse mire complexes north of Kitka lake. Old coniferous forests on the slopes of Riisitunturi fjeld (which reaches an altitude of 500 m) are characteristic of the area.

Key Biodiversity An important area for boreal avifauna.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix resident  1986  75 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Siberian Jay Perisoreus infaustus resident  1986  55 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus breeding  1986  650 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata breeding  1986  1,000 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 low near favourable low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Lyrurus tetrix Black Grouse 75 60 breeding pairs 80 near favourable
Perisoreus infaustus Siberian Jay 120 120 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Phoenicurus phoenicurus Common Redstart 550 550 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Muscicapa striata Spotted Flycatcher 1000 600 breeding pairs 60 not assessed

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Riisitunturin kansallispuisto National Park 7,644 protected area contained by site 7,651  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   50%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Protection status National High International None7,651 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Riisitunturi, 7,651 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Riisitunturi. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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