|Central coordinates||72o 43.07' West 22o 19.29' North|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
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.
|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|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other 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.
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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