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Location Turks and Caicos Islands (to UK), North Caicos
Central coordinates 72o 1.63' West  21o 56.46' North
IBA criteria A2
Area 226 ha
Altitude 6 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Most important remaining high forest area in Turks and Caicos Islands. In vicinity of two major historic plantation ruins in nw North Caicos.

Key Biodiversity The globally threatened Blue-headed Quail Dove, a Cuban endangered endemic is recorded occasionally. It is the only recorded location on TCI for this species but its rare occurrence does not qualify the site for A1 status. The site is important for restricted-range species including the Pearly-eyed Thrasher, , for which it is probably the most important area in TCI. Also the Bahama Woodstar and Thick-billed Vireo. Biome-restricted species include: Key West Quail-dove for which it is probably the most important area in TCI, Stripe-headed Tanager and the Cuban Crow. The site contributes to a network for these species,

Non-bird biodiversity: Site for several endemic reptiles, including one rediscovered following presumed extinction. These include: the gecko Aristelliger hechti (CR), Curly Tail Leiocephalus psammodromus, Caicos Islands Reef Gecko Sphaerodactylus caicosensis; and the one endemic species of snake: the Caicos Islands Trope Boa Tropidophis greenwayi. In addition there are three further lizards that are endemic at the subspecific level: Turks & Caicos Bark Anole Anolis scriptus scriptus, Turks & Caicos Rock Iguana, Cyclura carinata carinata (CR; the only subspecies of Cyclura carinata found outside the Turks & Caicos Islands is confined to the small island of Booby Cay off nearby Mayaguana); Mabuya Skink ,Mabuya mabouya sloanei (or slippery back or snake-doctor); and one snake: Bahaman Rainbow Boa Epicrates chrysogaster chrysogaster.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bahama Woodstar Calliphlox evelynae resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Thick-billed Vireo Vireo crassirostris resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Bahama Mockingbird Mimus gundlachii resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other -
Notes: Historic buildings

Protection status Unprotected.

Further web sources of information 

Site profile from Important Bird Areas in the Caribbean: key sites for conservation (BirdLife International 2008)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Wades Green and Teren Hill. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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