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Location Bahamas, Eleuthera
Central coordinates 76o 12.37' West  24o 48.11' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 17,505 ha
Altitude 0 - 7m
Year of IBA assessment 2013

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)

Site description South Tarpum Bay site is located in the Southern part of the Island of Eleuthera. It is a typical residential island settlement with most of the population occupied with farming or fishing.

Key Biodiversity Large areas of mixed coppice provide habitat for resident and migrant passerines including the endangered Kirtland's Warbler. Two of The Bahamas endemics can be found in this area, Bahama Woodstar and Bahama Yellowthroat. Other resident landbirds found at this site are Bahama Mockingbirds, Great Lizard Cuckoos, Greater Antillean Bullfinches, Thick-billed Vireos, Bananaquits and Black-faced Grassquits. Winter migrants are attracted to this site.

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  250-999 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Bahama Mockingbird Mimus gundlachii breeding  2005  50-249 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Kirtland's Warbler Dendroica kirtlandii winter  2003-2004  60 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Bahama Yellowthroat Geothlypis rostrata resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Big Darby Island Wild Bird Reserve 202 is identical to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   major
Wetlands (inland)   minor
Coastline   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
not utilised major
tourism/recreation -

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: South Tarpum Bay. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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