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Location Iceland, Gullbringusýsla
Central coordinates 22o 4.00' West  63o 52.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B3
Area 1,200 ha
Altitude 0 - 40m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)

Site description The largest sea cliff in south-west Iceland, 30 km south-west of Reykjavík. The eggs of Rissa tridactyla and Uria aalge are traditionally collected (`Other' land-use), and livestock are grazed in the area.

Key Biodiversity Important for its large numbers of breeding seabirds; other common species include Fulmarus glacialis, Uria lomvia (c.2,600 pairs), Cepphus grylle and Fratercula arctica.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla breeding  1985  21,070 nests  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Murre Uria aalge breeding  1985  12,700-27,600 breeding pairs  good  B1ii  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  1985  5,200-13,040 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1ii, B3  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1985  50,000-99,999 individuals  good  A4iii   
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1985  20,000-49,999 breeding pairs  good  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
Notes: Stærsti hluti bjargsins er á fólkvangi
other -
Notes: Rescue unit from the area takes eggs from the cliff - for fundraising - a bit controversial

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Krýsuvíkurberg. Downloaded from on 14/02/2016

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