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Location Bahamas, Exumas
Central coordinates 76o 6.51' West  23o 46.54' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 144 ha
Altitude 0 - 1m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)



Site description This small island lying north of Great Exuma has a research center, an airstrip and is partially habitated.

Key Biodiversity Its proximity to Great Exuma is reflected in the presence of some resident landbirds such as Smooth-billed Ani, Mangrove Cuckoo, Burrowing Owl, Greater Antillean Pewee and Hairy Woodpecker. Common residents are White-crowned Pigeons, Zenaida Doves, Bahama Mockingbirds, Thick-billed Vireos, Greater Antillian Bullfinches and Bananaquits. There are two small ponds at the north end of the runway where Least Grebes, White-cheeked Pintails and West Indian Whistling Ducks have been seen. Wilson's Plovers, Antillean Nighthawks and Grey Kingbirds are common summer residents.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
West Indian Whistling-duck Dendrocygna arborea resident  2005  < 50 individuals  poor  A1  Vulnerable 
White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala resident  2005  < 50 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline   major
Rocky areas   major
Shrubland   -
Wetlands (inland)   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport -
not utilised -

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.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lee Stocking Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/11/2014

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