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Location French Guiana
Central coordinates 51o 59.62' West  4o 33.62' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 406,896 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2012





Site description This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the French Guiana Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Atlantic, Southwest FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 4069 km2 and is 22 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 43 m, with a mean annual wind speed of 1.59 m/s and mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 26.61 and 27.89 °C.

Key Biodiversity 4 species trigger IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colonies; Ile de Cayenne, Littoral Macouria, Plaine Kaw & Pointe Béhague, Connétable include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Least Tern (LC) 15000-28500 individuals, Magnificent Frigatebird (LC) 2500-9999 individuals, Royal Tern (LC) 1925-14249 individuals and Sandwich Tern (LC) 19500-71249 individuals.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Least Tern Sternula antillarum unknown  15,000-28,500 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  19,500-71,249 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: Connétable - Marine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/11/2014

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