The Turks and Caicos Islands lie southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas island chain and north of the island of Hispaniola.
Cockburn Town, the capital since 1766, is situated on Grand Turk Island about 1,042 kilometres (647 mi) east-southeast of Miami in the United States.
The islands have a total land area of 430 square kilometres (170 sq mi).
The total population is about 45,000, of whom approximately 22,500 live on Providenciales in the Caicos Islands.
In August 2009, the United Kingdom suspended the Turks and Caicos' self-government after allegations of ministerial corruption.
The prerogative of the ministerial government and the House of Assembly were vested in the islands' incumbent governor, Ric Todd, for a period of up to two years.
The islands will however return to home rule after the November 2012 elections.
|20c||157||Thick-billed Vireo Vireo crassirostris|
|35c||232||Black-faced Grassquit Tiaris bicolor|
|50c||209||Pearly-eyed Thrasher Margarops fuscatus|
|1$||232||Greater Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla violacea|
|2$||232||Western Spindalis Spindalis zena||MS|
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