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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.

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 

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  
RIISITUNTURIN KANSALLISPUISTO - FI1301101 Habitats Directive 12,461 protected area contains 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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Riisitunturi. Downloaded from on 31/10/2014

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