Aves Island (äˈvĕs) [key] or Bird Island, Span. Isla de Aves, small, low-lying sand and coral island, a dependency of Venezuela, in the E Caribbean Sea 380 mi (610 km) N of the Venezuelan mainland. Venezuela's claim that Aves is an inhabitable island (a small garrison is maintained there) and its claim to a surrounding exclusive economic zone is disputed by many Caribbean island nations. The island is a nature reserve.
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