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Location Belize
Central coordinates 88o 8.82' West  16o 53.92' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A4i, A4ii
Area 1,219,671 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Belize Audubon Society



Site description This IBA is comprised of five Marine Reserves: South Water Caye, Gladden Spit, Silk Cayes, Sapodilla Cayes and Glovers Reef. Halfmoon Caye Natural Monument, Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Man of War Caye Bird Sanctuary make up the island areas. There are ten Spawning Aggregations: Northern Glovers Reef, Sandbore, South Point Turneffe, South Point Lighthouse, Rise and Fall Bank, Seal Caye, Dog Flea, Gladden Spit, Nicholas Caye and Caye Glory included in this IBA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-footed Booby Sula sula resident  1969-2007  10,000-19,999 individuals  medium  A4ii  Least Concern 
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii breeding  1969-2007  1,000-2,499 individuals  poor  A4i  Least Concern 
White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala resident  1969-2007  2,500-9,999 individuals  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Yucatan Vireo Vireo magister breeding  1969-2007  250-999 individuals  medium  A2  Least Concern 
Black Catbird Melanoptila glabrirostris breeding  1969-2007  50-249 individuals  medium  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera passage  1969-2007  50-249 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Cerulean Warbler Dendroica cerulea passage  1969-2007  50-249 individuals  poor  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site 96,300 protected area contained by site 96,300  
Blue Hole Natural Monument 383 protected area overlaps with site 414  
Dog Flea Spawning Aggregation Marine Reserve 576 protected area overlaps with site 576  
Emily or Caye Glory Spawning Aggregation Marine Reserve 547 protected area overlaps with site 547  
Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve 10,513 protected area overlaps with site 10,360  
Gladden Spit Spawning Aggregation Marine Reserve 1,617 protected area overlaps with site 1,617  
Glovers Reef Marine Reserve 7,070 protected area contained by site 7,070  
Laughing Bird Caye National Park 4,095 protected area overlaps with site 4,095  
Man of War Caye Bird Sanctuary 1 protected area overlaps with site 1  
Nicholas Caye Spawning Aggregation Marine Reserve 673 protected area overlaps with site 673  
Northern Glovers Reef Spawning Aggregation Marine Reserve 622 protected area overlaps with site 622  
Rise and Fall Bank Spawning Aggregation Marine Reserve 1,721 protected area overlaps with site 1,721  
Sandbore Spawning Aggregation Marine Reserve 521 protected area overlaps with site 521  
Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve 15,619 protected area overlaps with site 13,517  
Seal Caye Spawning Aggregation Marine Reserve 648 protected area overlaps with site 648  
South Point Lighthouse Spawning Aggregation Marine Reserve 533 protected area overlaps with site 533  
South Point Turneffe Spawning Aggregation Marine Reserve 558 protected area overlaps with site 558  
South Water Caye Marine Reserve 47,702 protected area contained by site 47,702  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   minor
Coastline   2%
Sea   98%
Wetlands (inland)   minor
Forest Mangrove  -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Belize Off-shore and Barrier Islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2014

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