Point Des Foux

Country/territory: Dominica

IBA criteria met: A2, A4i, B4i, B4ii (2007)
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Area: 570 ha

Site description (2007 baseline)
Point Des Fous is located between the villages of GrandBay and Scotts Head in the south Atlantic coast and serves as one of the most important sites for seabird on Dominica. The area is in close proximity to Petite Coulibri Estate and Morne Fous Estate. Due to the steep nature of its terrain, human activity has been restricted to a large extent. Human settlements are approximately 2km north and south of the site.

Key biodiversity
Point des Foux supports several seabirds including Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens, Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster), Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus), Sooty Terns (Sterna fuscata), Bridled Tern (Sterna anaethetus) and the White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus). Some of the other species of interest found at that site are Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax violaceus), Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita), Lesser Antillean Saltator (Saltator albicollis), Scaly–Breasted Thrasher (Allenia fusca), Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola), Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus), Antillean Crested Hummingbird (Orthorhyncus cristatus), Grey Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis), Lesser Antillean Flycatcher (Myiarchus oberi), Caribbean Elaenia (Elaenia martinica), Antillean Euphonia (Euphonia musica), Lesser Antillean Bullfinch (Loxigilla noctis), Plumbeus Warbler (Dendroica plumbea), and Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia).

Non-bird biodiversity: Other flora include includes Lang Bef (Agave sp), Organ Pipe Cactus (Cephalocerus royenii), Climbing Cactus (Hylocereus trigonus), Figier (Ficus obtusifolia), Zanana Falez (Pitcairnia angustifolia), Wild Anthurium (Anthurium giganterum) and Eye-lash Orchid (Epidendrum ciliare). Fauna species include several species of Bats, Black Crab (Gecarcinus ruricola), Hermit Crab (Coenobita cylpeatus), Zagaya Lamè (Grapsus grapsus), Boa constrictor (Constrictor constrictor), Kouwès nwè (Alsophis antillensis sibonius), Kouwès jenga (Liophis juliae juliae), Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissima), Tree Lizard (Anolis oculatus), and Ground Lizard (Ameiva fuscata).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Point Des Foux. Downloaded from on 25/09/2023.