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Location Bahamas, Grand Bahama
Central coordinates 78o 30.04' West  26o 33.55' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 434 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)

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.

Key Biodiversity This cay is reported to be a nesting site for Bridled Terns.

Non-bird 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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus breeding  2005  160 breeding pairs  poor  A4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

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)
Rocky areas   major
Sea   major
Shrubland   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation major

Further web sources of information 

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

References 2001. Yachtman's Guide to The Bahamas includes Turks and Caicos.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Peterson Cay (National Park). Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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