|Central coordinates||72o 44.48' West 22o 19.26' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B4i, B4ii|
|Altitude||0 - 3m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description This site is located on the northwestern part of the island of Mayaguana. It comprises a wide shallow bay with sandy beach continuing into rocky shoreline toward Northwest Point and a cluster of offshore rocks known as Booby Rocks. Blackwood Point is at the northeastern tip of of this site. Mayaguana lies about 40 miles east of Acklins Island and is the most isolated inhabited island of The Bahamas. It is the size of New Providence with a population of less than 500 persons. Year 2006 brought massive change in the form of a mega resort development in the habitated western half of the island. The developers on Mayaguana plan to build a road around the entire island, thereby opening up the east end to possible habitat and human disturbance.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus||resident||2005||common individuals||poor||B4ii||Least Concern|
|Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis||winter||2005||present individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|Masked Booby Sula dactylatra||winter||2005||present individuals||medium||B4ii||Least Concern|
|Brown Booby Sula leucogaster||breeding||2006||abundant individuals||poor||B4ii||Least Concern|
|Royal Tern Sterna maxima||winter||2005||present individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala||resident||2005||common individuals||poor||A1||Near Threatened|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Mayaguana is the only large Bahamian island that has no snakes. There are only two species of lizards, a Bark Anole and a Dwarf Gecko on the island.
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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