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Southern Great Lake
Bahamas, San Salvador
74o 30.59' West 24o 0.42' North
A2, A4i, B4i
0 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment
Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)
Site description San Salvador is a small island only 5 miles by 12 miles with a population of less than 1,000 persons. It contains a high proportion of wetlands.
Key Biodiversity The Great Lake occupies a considerable proportion of the inland of this island, accessable from only a few places. Here can be found Double-crested Cormorants, egrets and herons. West Indian Woodpeckers present on San Salvador.
Non-bird biodiversity: The Endangered San Salvador Rock Iguana is the smallest West Indian Rock Iguana and it is believed that there are only approximately 500 individuals survivors. They can be found on nearby remote cays and in the interior lake areas.
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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