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Location Cayman Islands (to UK), Grand Cayman
Central coordinates 81o 9.00' West  19o 20.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 223 ha
Altitude 5 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description The site, east of Frank Sound Road, surrounds but is not connected to the Botanic Park (KY007). It comprises dry forest bordered by Conocarpus wetlands, dry shrubland and agricultural land. The site is 100% privately owned and unprotected, and parts are being cleared for agriculture and urban development.

Key Biodiversity The Near-threatened Cuban Parrot caymanensis and the Near-threatened restricted-range Vitelline Warbler vitellina, each more than 1% of the global population. There are three restricted-range species: the Thick-billed vVreo alleni, Yucatan Vireo caymanensis and the Cuban Bullfinch taylori.

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cuban Amazon Amazona leucocephala resident  2005  150 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Thick-billed Vireo Vireo crassirostris breeding  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 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mangrove  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: Parts are now being cleared for agriculture
urban/industrial/transport -
Notes: Parts are now being cleared for urban development

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Frank Sound Forest. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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