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Location Venezuela
Central coordinates 63o 37.00' West  15o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 2,010,289 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2012





Site description This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the Venezuela Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Atlantic, Western Central FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 20103 km2 and is 134 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 37 to 3781 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 1.86 m/s, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 27.85 and 27.95 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 0.15 and 0.27 mg/m3.

Key Biodiversity 2 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colony; Refugio de Fauna Silvestre Isla de Aves include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Brown Noddy (LC) 0-24000 individuals and Sooty Tern (LC).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brown Noddy Anous stolidus resident  max 24,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds resident  max 24,000 individuals  A4iii   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea   100%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wildlife Refuge Bird Island - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/12/2014

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