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Location Bahamas, Conception Island
Central coordinates 75o 6.83' West  23o 50.14' North
IBA criteria A4ii, B4i, B4ii
Area 2,905 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)



Site description Conception Island is approximately 3 miles by 1.5 miles,located 25 miles west-southwest of San Salvador. It is unhabited and its pristine reefs and beaches make it an attractive destination for yachts. Conception Island is a national park under the protection of the Bahamas National Trust. Booby Cay and South Rocks and the surrounding shallow water are not included in the protected area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Puffinus lherminieri breeding  2005  50-249 individuals  poor  B4ii  Not Recognised 
White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus breeding  2006  250-999 breeding pairs  poor  A4ii  Least Concern 
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus breeding  2005  50-249 individuals  poor  B4i  Least Concern 
Brown Noddy Anous stolidus breeding  2005  250-999 individuals  poor  B4i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Rocky areas   major
Sea   major
Shrubland   -
Forest Mangrove  -

Other biodiversity Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles

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. Colorada Springs, CO. 302pp.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Conception Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/08/2014

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