South Tarpum Bay

Year of compilation: 2006

Site description
South Tarpum Bay site is located in the Southern part of the Island of Eleuthera. It is a typical residential island settlement with most of the population occupied with farming or fishing.

Key biodiversity
Large areas of mixed coppice provide habitat for resident and migrant passerines including the endangered Kirtland's Warbler. Two of The Bahamas endemics can be found in this area, Bahama Woodstar and Bahama Yellowthroat. Other resident landbirds found at this site are Bahama Mockingbirds, Great Lizard Cuckoos, Greater Antillean Bullfinches, Thick-billed Vireos, Bananaquits and Black-faced Grassquits. Winter migrants are attracted to this site.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Destruction of habitat caused by increased residential/resort developments create a real threat to the avian population. Slash and burn land clearing is common.

Habitat and land use
In this area there are extensive tracts of land covering a wide range of habitats from abandoned plantation, mature coppice of varying heights, shrubland to coastal coppice. Residential and domestic farming are interposed throughout the area.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: South Tarpum Bay. Downloaded from on 27/03/2023.