|Central coordinates||16o 19.00' West 64o 0.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4ii, B1ii, B2|
|Altitude||0 - 20m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Ornithological information A good diversity of waders also breed here.
Site description A wetland area on a glacial outwash plain, formed by a number of rivers running from the Vatnajökull glacier on the south-east coast of Iceland. There are small marshes (dominated by Carex and Eriophorum), glacial lagoons, sandy areas with rushes Juncus, and flat areas of glacial outwash gravel, partly or completely vegetated with moss and other vegetation. Land-uses may include hunting.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata||resident||-||20-25 breeding pairs||-||B2||Least Concern|
|Great Skua Stercorarius skua||breeding||-||4,000-4,650 breeding pairs||medium||A4ii, B1ii||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater||30%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations Nootka lupin Lupinus nootkatensis, an introduced plant which is highly invasive, may pose a potential threat to the natural vegetation of the habitat.
Protection status National None International None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Breidamerkursandur. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/06/2013
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