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Vitelline Warbler Dendroica vitellina
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This species has a moderately small population within an extremely small range. Although the species is tolerant of some habitat degradation, it may decline in the future owing to land development. For these reasons, the species is classified as Near Threatened.

Taxonomic source(s)
AOU. 1998. Check-list of North American birds. American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W.; Parker, T. A.; Moskovits, D. K. 1996. Neotropical birds: ecology and conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Distribution and population
Dendroica vitellina occurs as three subspecies. The nominate race is common on Grand Cayman, the race crawfordi is very common on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, Cayman Islands (to UK), and nelsoni was (at least formerly) common on the Swan Islands, Honduras (Monroe 1968, Curson et al. 1994, Bradley 1995). The total extent of the range is less than 270 km2, but only half of this area holds suitable habitat.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'fairly common' (Stotz et al.1996).

Trend justification
There are no data on population trends; however, the species is thought to be declining as a result of habitat degradation.

It is most common in low scrubby woodland, but is also found in arid mixed woodland, clearings, coastal scrub and thickets, and even urban areas (Curson et al. 1994, Bradley 1995).

Proposed habitat conversion threatens populations in the Caymans, and the Swan Islands were formerly used for the training of Nicaraguan counter-revolutionaries.

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known. Conservation Actions Proposed
Endeavour to locate proposed developments in sub-optimal or unoccupied habitat. Monitor the populations of all three subspecies.

Bradley, P. 1995. Birds of the Cayman Islands. Caerulea Press, Unknown.

Curson, J.; Quinn, D.; Beadle, D. 1994. New World warblers. A&C Black/Christopher Helm, London.

Monroe, B. L. 1968. A distributional survey of the birds of Honduras. American Ornithologists' Union, Anchorage, Kentucky.

Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W.; Parker, T. A.; Moskovits, D. K. 1996. Neotropical birds: ecology and conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

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Text account compilers
Capper, D., O'Brien, A., Sharpe, C J

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Dendroica vitellina. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Additional resources for this species

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Parulidae (New World warblers)
Species name author Cory, 1886
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 280 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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