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Location Virgin Islands (to UK)
Central coordinates 64o 50.02' West  18o 26.36' North
IBA criteria A2, A4ii, B4i
Area 1,695 ha
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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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 areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Great Tobago Island Bird Sanctuary 89 protected area contained by site 89  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  major
Shrubland Scrub  major
Forest   major

Other biodiversity At present there is no other threatened or endemic wildlife known on Great Tobago.

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Great Tobago. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/08/2014

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