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Location Faroe Islands (to Denmark)
Central coordinates 7o 37.00' West  62o 6.00' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2, B3
Area 1,028 ha
Altitude 0 - 150m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Føroya Fuglafødifelag (Faroese Orginithological Society) (Affiliate)

Site description An island and islet with rugged coasts, steep cliffs, and grass-covered slopes. The seabird colonies cover 100 ha of the island. Land-uses include sheep-grazing.

Key Biodiversity This is an internationally important seabird colony with over 250,000 pairs of breeding seabirds, including Rissa tridactyla (23,100 pairs) and Uria aalge ((9,500 individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis breeding  1989  50,000 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus breeding  1989  2,500 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus breeding  1989  50,000 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Least Concern 
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus breeding  1989  2,000 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1989  250 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle breeding  1989  200 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii  Least Concern 
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica breeding  1989  125,000 breeding pairs  A4ii, B1ii, B2  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1989  100,000-499,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mykines and Mykineshólmur. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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