Foxe Basin Islands

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2008 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC breeding 1996 19,809 individuals A4i
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola LC breeding 1995 7,062 individuals A4i
American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica LC breeding 1995 3,452 individuals A4i
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres LC breeding 1995 23,442 individuals A4i
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis LC breeding 1995 252,324 individuals A4i
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius LC breeding 1995 283,198 individuals A4i
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini LC breeding 1995 36,053 individuals A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a breeding 1995-1996 500,000-999,999 individuals A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2008).


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra, Edaphic -
Marine Intertidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Foxe Basin Islands. Downloaded from on 24/02/2024.