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Booby Rocks and Pirates Bay: Important Bird Area (IBA)

Birdwatching Area
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

This IBA includes a cluster of rocks, known as Booby Rocks, and the Pirate's Bay IBA located on the northwestern tip of the isolated Mayaguana Island. The IBA includes marine areas up to one km from the shore and Booby Rocks, and also the shallow mangrove wetlands (with adjacent coppice) that lie on the landward side of the bay.

Access Considerations and Directions

The area is accessed by boat from mainland Mayaguana; it might not be suitable for persons who are physically handicapped or in wheelchairs because of the small boats used to get there.

Best Times and Seasons for Viewing

Sun up to Sundown / Year Round

Primary Species Commonly Experienced Here

There is a Brown Booby Sula leucogaster nesting colony on Booby Rocks, and White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus nest on the cliffs at Northwest Point. Non-breeding numbers of Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis, Masked Booby Sula dactylatra and Royal Tern Sterna maxima are also regionally important. Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens nest in the IBA. The wetlands support shorebirds, ducks, herons and egrets. Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens is apparently common, and up to 200 Caribbean Flamingo Phoenicopterus rubber frequent the wetlands at Blackwood Point. The Near Threatened Whitecrowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala breeds in the IBA.