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Location Bahamas, Andros
Central coordinates 77o 53.37' West  24o 47.66' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A4i
Area 8,536 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2013

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)

Site description This site is located along the northeast coastline in Central Andros. The main settlements from north to south are, Stafford Creek, Staniard Creek, Coakley Town and Andros Town also known as Fresh Creek.

Key Biodiversity This is one of the few sites where all the Bahamas endemics can be found, Bahama Woodstar, Bahama Yellowthroat and Bahama Swallow. This is a great site to find most of the resident Bahama birds including Great Lizard-Cuckoo, Zenaida Dove, Key West Quail-Dove, Cuban Emerald, Greater Antillean Bullfinch, Cuban Pewee and many others. It is also an excellent location to observe migrant warblers and shorebirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus winter  2006  85 individuals  poor  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
Bahama Woodstar Calliphlox evelynae resident  2005  < 50 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Bahama Swallow Tachycineta cyaneoviridis resident  2005  < 50 individuals  poor  A1, A2  Endangered 
Bahama Mockingbird Mimus gundlachii resident  2005  < 50 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Bahama Yellowthroat Geothlypis rostrata resident  2005  < 50 individuals  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Bahama Oriole Icterus northropi resident  2013  A1, A2  Critically Endangered 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   major
Forest Mangrove  major
Shrubland   major
Coastline   major
Other   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport -
agriculture major
tourism/recreation -
not utilised major
nature conservation and research minor

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. Colorado Springs, CO. 302pp.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Stafford Creek to Andros Town. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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