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Location Cayman Islands (to UK), Grand Cayman
Central coordinates 81o 6.00' West  19o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 239 ha
Altitude 5 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2007





Site description The site, north of East End town and the most easterly of all IBA sites, is dry forest that is rapidly being cleared and fragmented. It is the only tract of dry forest remaining on the east side of the island. It is 100% privately owned and unprotected. In the 1980s, this site contained some of the largest trees on Grand Cayman and was a major parrot breeding site; there have been no recent population counts.

Key Biodiversity These are the Near-threatened Cuban Parrot caymanensis and the Near-threatened and restricted-range Vitelline Warbler vitellina, each with more than 1% of the global population; and three restricted-range species: the Thick-billed Vireo alleni, Yucatan Vireo caymanensis and the Cuban Bullfinch taylori. All five biome species occur at the site.

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
Cuban Amazon Amazona leucocephala resident  2006  150 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica resident  2005  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Thick-billed Vireo Vireo crassirostris resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Yucatan Vireo Vireo magister resident  2006  unknown  A2  Least Concern 
Vitelline Warbler Dendroica vitellina resident  2006  unknown  A1, A2  Near Threatened 

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -

Protection status Privately owned and unprotected.

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: Eastern Dry Forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/12/2014

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