Cay Sal

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2007

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala NT resident 2005 50-249 individuals A1
Audubon's Shearwater Puffinus lherminieri LC breeding 2006 250-999 breeding pairs B4ii
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis LC winter 2005 < 50 individuals B4i
Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus LC breeding 2006 2,500-9,999 breeding pairs B4i
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus LC breeding 2005 250-999 individuals A4i
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii LC breeding 2005 50-249 individuals A4i
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis LC breeding 2005 50-249 individuals B4i
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus LC breeding 2005 50-249 individuals B4i

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Cay Sal Marine Managed Area Marine Managed Area 1,677,150 protected area contains site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Neritic -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
Shrubland -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cay Sal. Downloaded from on 07/12/2022.