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Location Bahamas, Mayaguana
Central coordinates 72o 43.07' West  22o 19.29' North
IBA criteria B4ii
Area 2,338 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Bahamas National Trust (Partner Designate)

Site description Booby Cay is an uninhabited island located off the northeastern end of Mayaguana. It encomposes about 75 hectares and is approximately one and a half hours by boat from Abraham's Bay, Mayaguana. The northwestern shoreline is comprised of sandy beach, dips in the centre of the cay forms lakes which shrink and grow in water level and salinity according to rainfall and the extreme southeast portion has inpenetrable vegetation.

Key Biodiversity In 1997, Sprunt confirmed that Brown Boobies were nesting on Booby Cay. There are reports of a non-breeding resident flock of Greater Flamingos also residing on this cay. During December 1997, Bendon while on an Iguana research trip saw a flock of about 80 flamingos on a beach and in the shallow water at Booby Cay.

Non-bird biodiversity: There is an endemic race of Rock Iguana on Booby Cay. In March 1997, Bendon visited this site and reported a healthy population of about 200 of these iguanas surviving in wild.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster breeding  2006  50-249 individuals  medium  B4ii  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats; Sand bars, banks & spits; Sea cliffs & rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  major
Shrubland Arid lowland scrub; Riparian scrub & thickets  major
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater marshes & swamps  minor
Forest Mangrove  -

Land use

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

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. Bainton, Aileen M. and Anthony W. White. 2006. A Bibliography of Birds, Ornithology and Birding in The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands. Media Enterprises Ltd. Nassau, Bahamas. 96pp. John Bendon. 1997. Moon Over Mayaguana: Return to Booby Cay

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

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