|Location||St Vincent and the Grenadines, The Grenadines|
|Central coordinates||61o 16.78' West 12o 47.54' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii, B4i, B4ii|
|Altitude||0 - 55m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Site description This small, uninhabited island is located approximately 5 miles (8 km) north-north-east of Canouan. Much of the island’s vegetation, which years ago comprised of Dry Scrub Woodland, has in recent times been converted to coastal grassland, with few shrubs intermixed. Portions of the island have been left bare and eroded. This phenomenon has been caused primarily by the annual burning of the vegetation to facilitate poaching of eggs by fishermen. This burning is normally conducted just prior to laying of the first eggs, at the beginning of the migratory season (March/April) (E. Bess and D. Hazell, pers. comm.). Annually, Petit Canouan supports the largest numbers of nesting seabirds, numbering several tens of thousand individuals. It is known among the poachers as the island for the “egg birds”. Law enforcement is limited on the island due to a lack of presence by enforcement agencies. The island is identified as a scuba diving site under the SPAHS.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens||breeding||2006||250-500 individuals||poor||B4ii||Least Concern|
|Brown Booby Sula leucogaster||breeding||2006||250-500 individuals||poor||B4ii||Least Concern|
|Laughing Gull Larus atricilla||breeding||2007||250-500 individuals||poor||A4i||Least Concern|
|Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus||breeding||2006||250-500 individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii||breeding||2007||100-250 individuals||poor||A4i||Least Concern|
|Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus||breeding||2007||10,000-19,999 individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||breeding||2007||10,000-19,999 individuals||poor||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Petit Canouan||Wildlife Reserve||0||is identical to site||418|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity Data on the island's wildlife are unavailable.
Protection status Wildlife Reserve
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Petit Canouan. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/07/2014
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