|Location||Virgin Islands (to UK)|
|Central coordinates||64o 50.02' West 18o 26.36' North|
|IBA criteria||A2, A4ii, B4i|
|Altitude||0 - 175m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description Great Tobago is one of the most Westerly of islands in BVI. It is a small, steep island of volcanic origin with mixed vegetation including Caribbean Dry forest and coastal scrub. Recent removal of 95% of feral goats by the Trust has resulted in the regeneration of vegetation particularly within the bird colony.
Key Biodiversity Great Tobago is known for its large colony of nesting Magnificent Frigatebirds. Hundreds of pairs nest in trees within Man o War Bay and the steep eastern hillsides facing the prevailing winds. Other nesting species include the Brown Pelican, Brown Booby, and, Laughing Gull. The Red-billed Tropicbird, or White-tailed Tropicbird, nest on exposed sea cliffs. Restricted range species found on Great Tobago, include the Green-throated Carib, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, and Puerto Rican Flycatcher .
Non-bird biodiversity: At present there is no other threatened or endemic wildlife known on Great Tobago.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens||resident||2005||1,500-3,000 individuals||poor||A4ii||Least Concern|
|Laughing Gull Larus atricilla||breeding||2007||200 individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|Bridled Quail-dove Geotrygon mystacea||resident||2005||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus||resident||2005||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus||resident||2005||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica||resident||2007||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Puerto Rican Flycatcher Myiarchus antillarum||resident||2005||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus||resident||2007||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis||resident||2005||unknown||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Great Tobago Island||Bird Sanctuary||89||protected area contained by site||89|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Coastline||Sea cliffs and rocky shores||major|
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Great Tobago. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/02/2015
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