Green Cay

Country/territory: Virgin Islands (to UK)

IBA criteria met: A2, A4i (2007)
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Area: 425 ha

Site description (2006 baseline)
Green Cay is a small six hectare volcanic island comprised of igneous bedrock reaching a maximum elevation of 30m, covered in xerophytic coastal scrub. The island is currently privately owned and is a proposed protected areas to be included within the system of national parks.

Key biodiversity
Green Cay is an important nesting site for the Roseate Tern. In 1996, a total of 1755 Roseate Terns, were counted making Green Cay the largest breeding colony in the US and British Virgin Islands.

Non-bird biodiversity: The terrestrial vertebrate fauna on Green Cay is limited to a few species of common lizard, primarily Anoles.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Green Cay. Downloaded from on 27/02/2024.