Saba Island and Cays

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
Brown Noddy Anous stolidus LC breeding 2007 100-300 breeding pairs B4i
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla LC breeding 2007 800-1,000 breeding pairs A4i
Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus LC breeding 2000-2006 20,000-40,000 breeding pairs A4i
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus LC breeding 2000-2007 50-200 breeding pairs A4i
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii LC breeding 2007 20-600 breeding pairs A4i
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis LC breeding 2007 50-250 breeding pairs B4i
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus LC breeding 2007 20-80 breeding pairs 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.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Saba Island Marine Protected Area 13 protected area contained by site 0
Saba Island Specially Protected Area (Cartagena Convention) 13 protected area contained by site 0
Caribbean Barrier Resource System Marine Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary 0 unknown 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
Sea Open sea -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches, Shallow marine areas, coral reefs & keys -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Saba Island and Cays. Downloaded from on 15/08/2022.