Wildlife

This page has a list of birds and mammals local to the West Fjords.

The following is a list of 54 bird species that breed in the West Fjords:

Enskt heiti

Latneskt heiti

Íslenskt heiti

English name

Scientific name

Icelandic name

Whooper Swan

Cygnus cygnus

Álft

Greylag Goose

Anser anser

Grágæs

Eurasian Wigeon

Anas penelope

Rauðhöfðaönd

Eurasian Teal

Anas crecca

Urtönd

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Stokkönd

Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligula

Skúfönd

Greater Scaup

Aythya marila

Duggönd

Common Eider

Somateria mollissima

Æðarfugl

King Eider

Somateria spectabilis

Æðarkóngur

Harlequin Duck

Histrionicus histrionicus

Straumönd

Long-tailed Duck

Clangula hyemalis

Hávella

Red-breasted Merganser

Mergus serrator

Toppönd

Goosander

Mergus merganser

Gulönd

Ptarmigan

Lagopus muta

Rjúpa

Red-throated Diver

Gavia stellata

Lómur

Great Northern Diver

Gavia immer

Himbrimi

Northern Fulmar

Fulmarus glacialis

Fýll

Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo

Dílaskarfur

Shag

Phalacrocorax aristotelis

Toppskarfur

White-tailed Eagle

Haliaeetus albicilla

Haförn

Merlin

Falco columbarius

Smyrill

Gyrfalcon

Falco rusticolus

Fálki

Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

Tjaldur

Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

Sandlóa

Golden Plover

Pluvialis apricaria

Heiðlóa

Red Knot

Calidris canutus

Rauðbrystingur

Purple Sandpiper

Calidris maritima

Sendlingur

Dunlin

Calidris alpina

Lóuþræll

Common Snipe

Gallinago gallinago

Hrossagaukur

Black-tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa

Jaðrakan

Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus

Spói

Common Redshank

Tringa totanus

Stelkur

Red-necked Phalarope

Phalaropus lobatus

Óðinshani

Arctic Skua

Stercorarius parasiticus

Kjói

Black-headed Gull

Larus ridibundus

Hettumáfur

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Larus fuscus

Sílamáfur

Glaucous Gull

Larus hyperboreus

Hvítmáfur

Great Black-backed Gull

Larus marinus

Svartbakur

Iceland Gull

Larus glaucoides

Bjartmáfur

Black-legged Kittiwake

Rissa tridactyla

Rita

Arctic Tern

Sterna paradisaea

Kría

Common Guillemot

Uria aalge

Langvía

Brünnich's Guillemot

Uria lomvia

Stuttnefja

Razorbill

Alca torda

Álka

Black Guillemot

Cepphus grylle

Teista

Atlantic Puffin

Fratercula arctica

Lundi

Meadow Pipit

Anthus pratensis

Þúfutittlingur

Pied Wagtail

Motacilla alba

Maríuerla

Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes

Músarrindill

Northern Wheatear

Oenanthe oenanthe

Steindepill

Redwing

Turdus iliacus

Skógarþröstur

Common Raven

Corvus corax

Hrafn

Redpoll

Carduelis flammea

Auðnutittlingur

Snow Bunting

Plectrophenax nivalis

Snjótittlingur


And these species can occasionally be spotted in the area:

Velvet Scoter

Melanitta fusca

Korpönd

Northern Gannet

Morus bassanus

Súla

Sanderling

Calidris alba

Sanderla

Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

Tildra

Snowy Owl

Buto scandiacus

Snæugla

Short-eared Owl

Asio flammeus

Brandugla

Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula

Hvinönd

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

Gráhegri

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

Landsvala

Bohemian Waxwing

Bombycilla garrulus

Silkitoppa


These are land mammals local in the West Fjords. Of these, only the Arctic Fox is "original" to the area, others have been "imported" with people:

Wood mouse

Apodemus sylvaticus

Hagamús

House mouse

Mus musculus

Húsamús

Brown Rat

Rattus norvegicus

Brún rotta

Arctic Fox

Alopex lagopus

Heimskautarefur

Mink

Mustela vision

Minkur


Below are the two species of seals that can be found here:

Common Seal

Phoca vitulina

Landselur

Gray Seal

Halichoerus grypus

Útselur


Twelve species of whales are normally in the waters off North Iceland. On our regular trips we are still most likely to see only Minke Whale, Dolphins and Porpoises.

Northern Bottlenose Whale

Hyperoodon ampullatus

Andarnefja

Sperm Whale

Physeter catodon

Búrhvalur

Long-finned Pilot Whale

Globicephala melaena

Grindhvalur

Killer Whale

Orcinus orca

Háhyrningur

Harbour Porpoise

Phocoena phocoena

Hnísa

Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae

Hnúfubakur

White-beaked Dolphin

Lagenorhynchus albirostris

Hnýðingur

Minke Whale

Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Hrefna

Atlantic White-sided Dolphin

Lagenorhynchus acutus

Leifturhníðir

Fin Whale

Balaenoptera physalus

Langreyður

Sei Whale

Balaenoptera borealis

Sandreyður

Blue Whale

Balaenoptera musculus

Steypireiður


The following four additional species of whales are rare in Icelandic waters:

Common Dolphin

Delphinus delphis

Léttir

Bottlenose Dolphin

Tursiops truncatus

Stökkull

Sowerby´s Beaked Whale

Mesoplodon bidens

Norðsnjáldri

Bowhead Whale

Balaena mysticetus

Sléttbakur



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