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Location Bahamas, S. Great Bahama Bank
Central coordinates 75o 11.20' West  22o 1.39' North
IBA criteria B4ii
Area 688 ha
Altitude 0 - 1m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)

Site description Cay Verde is located 30 miles east of Greater Ragged Island and 70 miles west of the south tip of Acklins Island. It covers about forty acres and has extensive growth of Sea Grape (Coccoloba uvifera) Prickly Pear (Opuntia sp.) and Sea Lavender. There is no fresh water on this cay.

Key Biodiversity  According to repots in 1979, Brown Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds appear to out number other species of nesting seabirds at this site. Sooty Terns, Bridled Terns and Brown Noddies are also reported to nest here.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens breeding  1979  99 breeding pairs  poor  B4ii  Least Concern 
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster breeding  1979  550 breeding pairs  poor  B4ii  Least Concern 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 100%

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 Birdling Association. Colorado Springs, CO. 302pp. Bainton, Aileen M. and Anthony W. White. 2006. A Bibliography of Birds, Ornithology and Birding in The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands. Media Enterprises Ltd. Nassau, Bahamas. 96pp.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Cay Verde. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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