email a friend
printable version
Location Greenland (to Denmark), Aasiaat,Qasigiannguit
Central coordinates 51o 49.00' West  68o 49.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i
Area 6,900 ha
Altitude 0 - 25m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description Several small islands covered mainly with tundra and dwarf-shrub heath vegetation, as well as some small lakes and bogs. Egg-collecting takes place (`Other' land-use).

Key Biodiversity The archipelago is also important as a staging area for passage waders. Cepphus grylle breeds (179 pairs, 1996) and Rhodostethia rosea occasionally breeds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea breeding  1996  4,568-10,000 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1996  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
GL030 Breeding Reserve for Birds 0 protected area contained by site 50  
Kitsissunnguit (Gronne Ejland) Protected Area 6,910 protected area contains site 6,900  
Kitsissunnguit (Gronne Ejland) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 6,910 protected area overlaps with site 6,900  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  20%
Grassland Tundra  20%
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  10%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
other -

Protection status National Partial International PartialThe skerries in the north-western part of the IBA are designated as a Breeding Reserve for Birds. IBA overlaps with Ramsar Site (Kitsissunnguit).

Related state of the world's birds case studies

Contribute  Please click here to help BirdLife conserve the world's birds - your data for this IBA and others are vital for helping protect the environment.

Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kitsissunnguit (Grønne Ejland). Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife