|Central coordinates||73o 44.71' West 23o 5.15' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, B4i|
|Altitude||0 - 1m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Ornithological information Audubon's Shearwaters, Sooty Terns, Bridled Terns and Brown Noddies nest on Propeller Cay located just east of Samana Cay. In 1996 there were reports of Brown Boobies roosting here but no sign of breeding.
Site description Samana Cay is located twenty miles northeast of Crooked Island. It is completely surrounded by coral reefs and is not recommended as a stop off point without local knowledge. The Cascarilla tree grow profusely here,residents of Acklins collect and export the bark which is then used to make the aperitif Campari.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Royal Tern Sterna maxima||breeding||2006||common individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus||breeding||2006||common breeding pairs||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations Disturbance of birds in the vicinity where the residents collect the cascarilla bark. Local small time farming, refugees landing for food and shelter.
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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