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Samana Cay: Important Bird Area (IBA)

Birdwatching Area
Brown Noddy – Mike Sorenson

Samana Cay is a small cay located northeast of Crooked Island, surrounded by coral reefs. Although the Cay is uninhabited, it is frequented by locals harvesting bark from the cascarilla tree Croton elutaria and fishing.

Access Considerations and Directions

The cays can be accessed by boat from Crooked Island.

Best Times and Seasons for Viewing

Sun up to Sundown / Year Round

Primary Species Commonly Experienced Here

The Cay supports a number of different species of seabirds, including the Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus, Audubon’s Shearwater Puffinus lherminieri, Sooty Tern S. fuscata, and Brown Noddy Anous stolidus. A regionally important population of Royal Tern S. maxima breeds in the IBA. Brown Booby has been found roosting on neighbouring Propeller Cay, although there is no evidence of breeding.