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Location Cayman Islands (to UK), Grand Cayman
Central coordinates 81o 8.00' West  19o 17.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 111 ha
Altitude 3 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2007





Site description The site, south of the Salina and east of the Botanic Park (KY007), in the centre of the eastern districts, comprises dry forest bordered by Conocarpus wetlands and agricultural plantations. Part of the site, area yet unknown, has recently been purchased by the Crown; the remainder is privately owned and all is unprotected.

Key Biodiversity The major species are the Near-threatened Cuban Parrot caymanensis and the Vitelline Warbler vitellina, each more than 1% of the global population. The largest flocks (150+) of Cuban Parrots on Grand Cayman congregate on the edge of a fruit plantation. There are three restricted-range species: the Thick-billed Vireo alleni, Yucatan Vireocaymanensis and Cuban Bullfinch taylori. The Grand Cayman Thrush was last seen here in 1938. There are five biome species: the Caribbean Dove collaris, West Indian Woodpecker caymanensis, Loggerhead Kingbird caymanensis, Western Spindalis salvini and the Greater Antillean Grackle caymanensis.There are 19 breeding taxa: endemic races of Northern Flickers gundlachii, Caribbean Elaenia caymanensis and Bananaquit sharpei; indigenous species are the Whitecrowned Pigeon, Zenaida Dove, White-winged Dove, Barn Owl and La Sagra's Flycatcher; Mangrove Cuckoos and Northern Mockingbirds breed on the forest edge. Wintering migrants include Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Grey Catbird, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo and several species of warbler, most commonly Northern Parula, Cape May Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Palm Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart and Ovenbird.

Non-bird biodiversity: Plants endemic to Grand Cayman: Chionanthus caymanensis var. longipetala, Crossopetalum caymanense, Allophylus cominia var. caymanensis; Myrmecophilia thompsoniana thompsonia, Dendrophylax fawcettii and Tolumnia caymanense. Reptiles endemic to Grand Cayman: Anolis conspersus lewisi, Sphaerodactylus argivus lewisi, Tropidophis caymanensis caymanensis and Alsophis cantherigerus caymanensis; the endangered Cyclura (nubile) lewisi occurs in adjacent shrubland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-crowned Pigeon Patagioenas leucocephala resident  2007  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Cuban Amazon Amazona leucocephala resident  2005  170 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Thick-billed Vireo Vireo crassirostris resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Yucatan Vireo Vireo magister resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Vitelline Warbler Dendroica vitellina resident  2005  unknown  A1, A2  Near Threatened 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mangrove  major
Wetlands (inland)   -
Artificial - terrestrial   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Further web sources of information 

Site profile from Important Bird Areas in the Caribbean: key sites for conservation (BirdLife International 2008)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Franklin's Forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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