Mangrove Cay

Country/territory: Bahamas

IBA criteria met: A1, A2 (2013)
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Area: 2,228 ha

Bahamas National Trust

Site description (2006 baseline)
Mangrove Cay is a significant part of the several islands constituting Andros, lying between Big Wood Cay and South Andros. The population occupies the east side of the island where a mangrove creek runs parellel to the seashore behind the sand dune. The mangrove creek has been severly degraded in places by causeways and other obstacles cutting off the flow of water. The west side of the the island is uninhabited, consisting of pine forest broadleaf coppice and wetlands.

Key biodiversity
The mixed habitat of pine forest, broad-leaf coppice, inland wetland, coastal wetland and coastline provides a rich variety of birdlife. There are the resident birds which include all three endemics of The Bahamas e.g. Bahama Yellowthroat, Bahama Woodstar and Bahama Swallow. The mangrove creek supports a wide variety of waterbirds year round, warblers and migrant shorebirds are present in winter.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mangrove Cay. Downloaded from on 21/02/2024.