Great Bird Island

Local nameGreat Bird Island
LocationGreat Bird Island, Antigua and Barbuda

Great Bird Island is a tiny islet lying almost three kilometres north-east of Antigua. Measuring just 20 acres, smaller than most city parks, it is the only place on Earth where you can see an Antiguan racer in the wild. The entire world population of this snake no longer lives on just the one island. Named by sailors who were amazed at the number of birds that they found living and nesting there, Great Bird Island is a miniature paradise. As well as being the last refuge of the Antiguan racer, it is also home to a variety of other endangered creatures including the near-threatened lizard Ameiva griswoldi, brown pelicans, West Indian whistling ducks and red-billed tropicbirds. Luckily for the snake, there are no mongooses on the island, although hundreds of black rats lived there until recently. The island is currently privately owned by an American businessman.

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Coordinates 17°8'42.198" N -61°43'28.207" E

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