Great Inagua

Country/territory: Bahamas

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B4i (2007)
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Area: 178,139 ha

Bahamas National Trust

Site description (2006 baseline)
Lake Rosa is a permanent shallow brackish lake, up to 1.5m deep with small islands scattered through out and a fringe of brackish marshes, there are dense mangrove swamps on the northern and eastern borders and the lake is surrounded by a broad belt of open scrub with seasonal marshes. This is a RAMSAR site.

Key biodiversity
This IBA has the largest known concentration of Greater Flamingo in The Bahamas estimated to be in excess of 50,000 birds. Also, home to a race of the Bahama Parrot. There is also a wide variety and large numbers of shorebirds, herons, egrets and waterfowl. Many species of land birds, resident and migratory have been recorded in and around the Inagua National Park.

Non-bird biodiversity: The endemic Inagua Freshwater Turtle - (Chrysemys malonei)

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Great Inagua. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.