|Location||Bahamas, Grand Bahama|
|Central coordinates||78o 30.04' West 26o 33.55' North|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Ornithological information This cay is reported to be a nesting site for Bridled Terns.
Site description Peterson Cay is a National Park and is managed by The Bahamas National Trust and is located one and one-quarter miles east of the southern entrance to the Grand Lucayan Waterway. This windswept and sparsely vegetated limestone island is the only cay on the leeward side of Grand Bahama.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus||breeding||2005||160 breeding pairs||poor||A4i||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Peterson Cay||National Park||1||protected area contained by site||1|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Shallow bars and coral reefs especially on the west side has created a small but uniquely beautiful range of coral gardens where fish, marine plants and animal life may be closely observed by snorkelers and divers.
Management considerations Development will cause destruction of habitat and disturbance of the birds. Uncontrolled tourism will introduce predators such as rats and domestic pets.
References 2001. Yachtman's Guide to The Bahamas includes Turks and Caicos.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Peterson Cay National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/05/2013
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