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Owenstown: Important Bird Area (IBA)

Birdwatching Area
http://www.clockworld.info/BS/photos/3571729/owens-town/

This Important Bird Area is located in Central Andros. It is the site of a former commercial lumber settlement abandoned after major deforestation of the Caribbean pine trees in the 1970s. The habitat immediately surrounding the town consists of pine forest, broad-leaf coppice, and coconut palms.

Access Considerations and Directions

The area is accessible by vehicular transportation only.

Best Times and Seasons for Viewing

Early morning / Year Round

Primary Species Commonly Experienced Here

This IBA supports important populations of four (of the seven) Bahamas EBA restricted-range birds, namely Bahama Woodstar Calliphlox evelynae, Bahama Mockingbird Mimus gundlachii, Olive-capped Warbler Dendroica pityophila and Bahama Yellowthroat Geothlypis rostrata.

Other characteristic birds within the IBA include the endemic subspecies of Greater Antillean Oriole Icterus dominicensis northropi, Greater Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla violacea, Western Spindalis Spindalis zena, Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus, and many Neotropical migrant warblers.