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Location Dominica, Parish of St. Patrick
Central coordinates 61o 19.47' West  15o 12.49' North
IBA criteria A2, A4i, B4i, B4ii
Area 570 ha
Altitude 0 - 120m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Point Des Fous is located between the villages of GrandBay and Scotts Head in the south Atlantic coast and serves as one of the most important sites for seabird on Dominica. The area is in close proximity to Petite Coulibri Estate and Morne Fous Estate. Due to the steep nature of its terrain, human activity has been restricted to a large extent. Human settlements are approximately 2km north and south of the site.

Key Biodiversity Point des Foux supports several seabirds including Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens, Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster), Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus), Sooty Terns (Sterna fuscata), Bridled Tern (Sterna anaethetus) and the White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus). Some of the other species of interest found at that site are Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax violaceus), Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita), Lesser Antillean Saltator (Saltator albicollis), Scaly–Breasted Thrasher (Allenia fusca), Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola), Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus), Antillean Crested Hummingbird (Orthorhyncus cristatus), Grey Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis), Lesser Antillean Flycatcher (Myiarchus oberi), Caribbean Elaenia (Elaenia martinica), Antillean Euphonia (Euphonia musica), Lesser Antillean Bullfinch (Loxigilla noctis), Plumbeus Warbler (Dendroica plumbea), and Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia).

Non-bird biodiversity: Other flora include includes Lang Bef (Agave sp), Organ Pipe Cactus (Cephalocerus royenii), Climbing Cactus (Hylocereus trigonus), Figier (Ficus obtusifolia), Zanana Falez (Pitcairnia angustifolia), Wild Anthurium (Anthurium giganterum) and Eye-lash Orchid (Epidendrum ciliare). Fauna species include several species of Bats, Black Crab (Gecarcinus ruricola), Hermit Crab (Coenobita cylpeatus), Zagaya Lamè (Grapsus grapsus), Boa constrictor (Constrictor constrictor), Kouwès nwè (Alsophis antillensis sibonius), Kouwès jenga (Liophis juliae juliae), Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissima), Tree Lizard (Anolis oculatus), and Ground Lizard (Ameiva fuscata).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus breeding  2007  80 individuals  medium  B4ii  Least Concern 
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster breeding  2007  250 individuals  medium  B4ii  Least Concern 
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus breeding  2007  250 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Brown Noddy Anous stolidus breeding  2007  300 individuals  medium  B4i  Least Concern 
Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Flycatcher Myiarchus oberi resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Scaly-breasted Thrasher Margarops fuscus resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Plumbeous Warbler Dendroica plumbea resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Loxigilla noctis resident  2007  unknown  A2  Not Recognised 
Antillean Euphonia Euphonia musica resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Lesser Antillean Saltator Saltator albicollis resident  2007  unknown  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Soufriere/Scott's Head Marine Reserve 0 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


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

Land use

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

Protection status Point des Foux is approximately 3km east of the Soufriere Scotts Head Marine Reserve (SSMR). The SSMR was established by an SRO of 1994. The marine reserve is managed by a Local Area Management Authority (LAMA), and revenue made from user fees goes back to management and improvement of the reserve.

Further web sources of information 

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

References Caribbean Conservation Association, et al. 1991. Dominica Environmental Profile. James, A., Durand, S., and Jno. Baptiste, B. 2005. Dominica’s Birds Lack, J. Andrew, et al, .1997. Dominica Illustrated Flora Raffaele, H. et al, 1997. A Guide to Birds of the West Indies Zamore, M. P. 2000. The Wildlife of Dominica James, A. 2004. Flora and Fauna of Cabrits National Park, Dominica

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Point Des Foux. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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