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Great Inagua: Important Bird Area (IBA)

Birdwatching Area
The female Inagua Woodstar (left) and the male (right) – Neil McKinney

Inagua is the southernmost and third largest island of The Bahamas. The island is comprised of many different types of habitats: brackish marshes, dense mangrove, shrubland and broad-leaf coppice.

Access Considerations and Directions

Great Inagua can be accessed by vehicular transportation. Persons with mobility impairments should have no difficulty moving around within the town.

Best Times and Seasons for Viewing

Early morning and late afternoon / Year Round

Primary Species Commonly Experienced Here

Due to the large percentage of water habitats, this IBA is home to a diverse group of waterbirds, including over 40,000 Caribbean Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber, Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens, Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii, Common Tern Sterna hirundo, and the Vulnerable West Indian Whistling-duck Dendrocygna arborea*. The island is also the home to over 6,000 Near Threatened Cuban Amazon (“Bahama Parrot”) *Amazona leucocephala bahamensis.

Recently, the island of Inagua recorded its first endemic species which increased the endemic species list for the Islands of The Bahamas to six. This species has been recognized by the American Ornithologists Union AOU) and was officially called the Inagua Woodstar (Calliphlox lyrura).