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Location Bahamas, S. Great Bahama Bank
Central coordinates 77o 39.36' West  22o 26.49' North
IBA criteria A4i, B4i
Area 700 ha
Altitude 0 - 1m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)

Site description Cay Lobos is a Bahamian Territory located on the southern edge of the Great Bahama Bank, approximately 20 miles north of Cuba's Cayo Romano.

Key Biodiversity Information for this site is strictly historical, provided by the lighthouse keeper for the period 1899 to 1901. He apparently collected the wings of birds killed by flying into the light during migration. They were sent to Bonhote, an ornithologist in Nassau. The collection included Acadian Flycatcher, Swainson's Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Wood Thrush and Veery. It is a stopover site for migrant landbirds. Just imagine what can be identified with today's binoculars and spotting scopes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii breeding  2006  50-249 breeding pairs  poor  A4i  Least Concern 
Least Tern Sternula antillarum breeding  2006  50-249 breeding pairs  poor  B4i  Least Concern 
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus breeding  2005  50-249 individuals  poor  B4i  Least Concern 


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

Land use

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

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. 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 Lobos. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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