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Location Bahamas, New Providence
Central coordinates 77o 11.25' West  25o 5.16' North
IBA criteria A4i, B4i
Area 824 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)

Site description Booby Island is a long narrow rocky uninhabited area located northeast of Rose Island, in the New Providence vicinity. This island is almost completed

Key Biodiversity Brown Boobies is reported to nest at this site. During early September 2007 members of the Ornithology Group took a boat trip to Booby Island, we saw five juvenile Brown Boobies, American Oystercatchers, Ruddy Turnstones, Spotted Sandpipers,Laughing Gulls, Ospreys, Brown Noddies, Roseate, Sooty and Least Terns. There were also Yellow-crowned Night Herons and Green Herons.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla breeding  2005  50-249 individuals  poor  B4i  Least Concern 
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii breeding  2005  50-249 individuals  poor  A4i  Least Concern 
Least Tern Sternula antillarum breeding  2005  50-249 individuals  poor  B4i  Least Concern 
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus breeding  2005  50-249 individuals  poor  B4i  Least Concern 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 100%

Further web sources of information 

Site profile from Important Bird Areas in the Caribbean: key sites for conservation (BirdLife International 2008)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Booby Island. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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