Frank Sound Forest

Country/territory: Cayman Islands (to UK)

IBA criteria met: A1, A2 (2007)
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Area: 223 ha

Site description (2006 baseline)
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.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Frank Sound Forest. Downloaded from on 20/02/2024.