Kunghit Island and Luxana Bay

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
Ancient Murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus LC breeding 1991 3,550 breeding pairs A4ii

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

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve Of Canada And Haida Heritage Site National Park 147,440 protected area overlaps with site 1,000
Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve & Haida Heritage Site National Marine Conservation Area 350,000 protected area overlaps with site 0
Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve 305,000 protected area overlaps with site 900


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate coniferous -
Grassland Steppe & dry calcareous -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kunghit Island and Luxana Bay. Downloaded from on 04/03/2024.