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Location Bahamas, New Providence
Central coordinates 77o 3.35' West  25o 9.36' North
IBA criteria B4i
Area 967 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)

Site description Salt Cay, also known as Blue Lagoon Island is located northeast of Paradise Island. It is a tourism and recreation destination at its eastern end. Daily, boats filled with tourists visits the island with music, food, etc. The western end is very narrow and rocky.

Key Biodiversity White Cheeked Pintail Ducks nest on Salt Cay and within 48 hours of fledging the mother swims the brood across to the ponds on Paradise Island. Resident landbirds include Northern Mockingbird, Zenaida Dove, Thick-billed Vireo, Bananquit and several species of migrant warblers. Shorebirds include Ruddy Turnstone, Black-bellied Plover, Wilson's Plover, Spotted Sandpiper and Sanderling. Laughing Gulls,Ospreys, Green Herons and Yellow-crowned Night Herons have also been seen at this site. Roseate Terns is reported to nest at this site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla resident  2006  50-249 individuals  poor  B4i  Least Concern 


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

Land ownership `

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation major
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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Salt Cay. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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