|Location||Bahamas, San Salvador|
|Central coordinates||74o 30.59' West 24o 0.42' North|
|IBA criteria||A2, A4i, B4i|
|Altitude||0 - 3m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Ornithological information 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.
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.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Laughing Gull Larus atricilla||breeding||2006||common breeding pairs||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica||breeding||2006||5 breeding pairs||medium||B4i||Least Concern|
|Bahama Woodstar Calliphlox evelynae||resident||2007||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Thick-billed Vireo Vireo crassirostris||resident||2006||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Bahama Mockingbird Mimus gundlachii||resident||2007||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus||resident||2007||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other 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.
Management considerations Resort development is always an underlying threat to habitat destruction and disturbance to birds. The expanded airport has recently caused considerable habitat destruction.
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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