Country/territory: Bahamas

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2013)
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Area: 1,535 ha

Bahamas National Trust

Site description
This site is at the former commercial lumber settlement of Owens Town, on the north bank of Stafford Creek. The town was abandoned after major deforestation of the native pine forest in the 1970s and is now seriously overgrown with landscaping vegetation and weeds. Some native trees have returned.

Key biodiversity
The combined habitat of pine forest, broad-leaf coppice and coconut palms make this an attractive site for resident and migrating species. Black-cowled Oriole, Bahama Yellowthroat,Greater Antillean Bullfinch, Bahama Mockingbird, Striped-headed Tanager, Bobwhite Quail plus many species of wood warblers can be found at this sight, also ducks, grebes, Barn Owl, Yellow-crowned Night Heron and Black Rail.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Owenstown. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.