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Location St Martin (to France)
Central coordinates 62o 58.50' West  18o 7.16' North
IBA criteria A2, A4ii, B4i
Area 665 ha
Altitude 0 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Tintamarre Island, also known as Flat Island, is located 3 kilometers from St. Martin and is approximately 100 hectares in size.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus breeding  2003  60 nests  medium  A4ii  Least Concern 
Brown Noddy Anous stolidus breeding  2004  140 nests  medium  B4i  Least Concern 
Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
St. Martin's Reserve Naturelle Marine Park 3,060 protected area contains site 100  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Rocky areas   -
Shrubland Second-growth or disturbed scrub  -
Coastline   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
Notes: Snorkling and yacht anchoring in the beach in the south part.
rangeland/pastureland -
Notes: Grazzing of goats

Other biodiversity Tintamarre's beaches are sea turtle nesting grounds. The following species have been found around Tintamarre: Hawksbill Eretmochelys imbricata, Leatherback Dermochelys coriacea, Loggerhead Caretta caretta, Kemp's Ridley Lapidochelys kempii, Green Chelonia mydas, Olive Ridley Lepidochelys olivacea. It is not clear which species are found nesting. The Lesser Antillean Iguana Iguana delicatissima is found on Tintamarre as well. The IUCN lists this species as Critical on St. Martin.

Protection status The coastline of Tintamarre Island is part of the Reserve Naturelle St. Martin and extends to 300 meters inland. The interior of the island is privately owned. Activities prohibited inside the reserve include wildlife disturbance, plant collection, mining, fishing, jet skiing, and littering.

Further web sources of information 

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

References BREUIL, MICHAEL 2002;COLLIER, N.C. and A.C. BROWN 2001-2006; DANFORTH, S. T. 1930; HALEWYN, R. VAN, AND R. L. NORTON. 1984; HOOGERWERF, A. 1977; ROJER, A. 1997; VOOUS, K. H. 1954; VOOUS, K. H. 1955a; VOOUS, K. H. 1955b; VOOUS, K. H. 1983; VOOUS, K. H. AND H. J. KOELERS. 1967

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tintamarre. Downloaded from on 15/09/2014

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