|Location||Aruba (to Netherlands)|
|Central coordinates||70o 2.35' West 12o 30.58' North|
|Altitude||0 - 1m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description Two or more variably sized sand/boulder coral islets adjacent to the central harbor in Oranjestad and the east end of the bay under the flight path of the Queen Beatrice Airport. The islets are subject to considerable variation in size, shape and substrate following winter storms.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis||resident||2007||1,300 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Common Tern Sterna hirundo||breeding||2007||26 breeding pairs||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Marine turtles are occasionally observed in the surrounding waters, but with no evidence of nesting on the islets. The seaward side of these reef islands contain large (but not quantified) numbers of conch - a CITES protected species.
Protection status Uncertain protective status. However, the islands are patrolled by the coastguard and observed by the harbor authorities and the police.
Acknowledgements We are very thankful to the author of this information Dr. Adrian del Nevo, and Theo Wools and Facundo Franken for their review.
References A. J. del Nevo pers. comm.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Oranjestad Reef Islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/03/2014
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