Cay Lobos

Year of compilation: 2006

Site description
Cay Lobos is a Bahamian Territory located on the southern edge of the Great Bahama Bank, approximately 20 miles north of Cuba's Cayo Romano.

Key biodiversity
Information for this site is strictly historical, provided by the lighthouse keeper for the period 1899 to 1901. He apparently collected the wings of birds killed by flying into the light during migration. They were sent to Bonhote, an ornithologist in Nassau. The collection included Acadian Flycatcher, Swainson's Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Wood Thrush and Veery. It is a stopover site for migrant landbirds. Just imagine what can be identified with today's binoculars and spotting scopes.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The island is a stopping point for fishermen (both Bahamian and Cuban) who will disturb breeding seabirds. Illegal egging and killing of the birds by refugees and fishermen to provide fresh meat.

Habitat and land use
This cay is uninhabited and is not considered under threat of development. The one outstanding feature is The Cay Lobos Lighthouse (1860).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cay Lobos. Downloaded from on 11/08/2022.