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Location Bahamas, Abaco
Central coordinates 77o 41.92' West  26o 53.54' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 6,427 ha
Altitude 0 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment 2013

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)

Site description Little Abaco is an island that extends about 20 miles west of the northern point of Great Abaco Island and is conected by a causeway.

Key Biodiversity The pine forest provide prime birdng for pine-woods specialities as: Pine, Oive-capped, Yellow-throated Warblers. Bahama Yellowthroats, Hairy Woodpeckers, Loggerhead Kingbirds and Cuban Pewees are also plentiful. It has been reported that during fall migration you can see a dizzing amount of warblers, one just have to be up to the challenge of identifing them.The shoreline around Crown Haven is especially good at fall migration because this is the first large island that the birds reach.

Non-bird biodiversity: The pine forest on Little Abaco is thought to be the oldest pine forest in the Bahamas, and is considered by some to be the only remaining virgin stand of Caribbean Pine.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala resident  2005  250-999 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Bahama Woodstar Calliphlox evelynae resident  2005  < 50 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Thick-billed Vireo Vireo crassirostris resident  2005  < 50 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Olive-capped Warbler Dendroica pityophila resident  2005  < 50 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Bahama Yellowthroat Geothlypis rostrata resident  2005  < 50 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mangrove  -
Shrubland Riparian scrub/thickets  -
Rocky areas   -
Coastline   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: This site is recorded to have Historical/Archelogical value
fisheries/aquaculture -
not utilised major
urban/industrial/transport minor

Further web sources of information 

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

References White, A.W. 1998b. A Birder's Guide to the Bahama Islands (Including Turks and Caicos). American Birding Association. Colorado Springs, CO. 302pp.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Little Abaco. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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