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Location Iceland, Nordur-Fingeyjarsýsla
Central coordinates 14o 46.00' West  66o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B3
Area 5,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 80m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Fuglavernd - BirdLife Iceland (Partner Designate)



Site description Sea cliffs in the far north-east of mainland Iceland, c.25 km north-east of the town of Thórshöfn. Land-uses include grazing, tourism, and the collection of eggs of Uria aalge from the cliffs every spring.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla breeding  1984  139,100 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Common Guillemot Uria aalge breeding  44,600-76,400 breeding pairs  good  B1ii  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  1984  14,830-22,010 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1ii, B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  unknown  A4iii   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  A4iii   

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -

Protection status National None International None

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

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