Apparsuit (Kap Shackleton) and Kippaku

Country/territory: Greenland (to Denmark)

IBA Criteria met: A4ii, A4iii, B1ii (2000)
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Area: 250 ha

Site description
A high rocky island with sea cliffs located mainly on the southern coast. The site also includes Kippaku˜a small rocky island (15 ha) with sea cliffs on the northern and north-western sides, which slopes gradually to the south/south-west. The two islands were treated as separate IBAs in the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989): Kippaku (former site GL053) and Apparsuit (former site GL054).

Key biodiversity
Apparsuit supports the largest seabird colony in west Greenland. The IBA also holds 3,430-4,010 breeding pairs of Rissa tridactyla (1994 data).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Apparsuit (Kap Shackleton) and Kippaku. Downloaded from on 18/08/2022.