Jamaica Birding

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Jamaican Birds

6 Days Birding in Portland and Western Jamaica

This tour has been designed by local birding experts to see the maximum number of Jamaica’s 29 endemics in the shortest time. It is six great days of well- paced bird watching in air conditioned bus or 4WD. From pick up at Montego Bay its birding all the way. We initially visit the John Crow Mountains Important Bird Area (IBA) in magnificently tropical Portland for two days to see the Black-billed Streamertail, also to look for the Crested Quail Dove, endangered Jamaican Blackbird and other endemics.

The next four days are based on Jamaica’s beautiful south coast. From there our knowledgeable and friendly local guides take you on day trips to visit another three of Jamaica’s best IBA’s: world famous Cockpit Country, Jamaica’s last wilderness and home to 28 of our 29 endemics; Bluefields, mountain and forest; Black River Great Morass, wetland and coastal habitats. Travelling distances are generally no more than 1.5 hours distant from the bases, so bird watching time is maximised. We would hope to see around more than 100 species (including waterbirds) when the winter migrants are at their peak.

Day 1.
In the a.m. you will be met by our guides in Montego Bay. Travel to Port Antonio (approx. 4 hours). Afternoon birding in local area for Black-billed Streamertail hummingbird.

Overnight near Port Antonio in woodland setting accommodation, also home to Jamaican Owl.
Lunch, dinner and overnight included

Day 2.
Morning and afternoon birding at Ecclesdown, Portland parish, John Crow Mountain IBA. Look for Jamaican Blackbird, Crested Quail Dove and other endemics. Evening search for Jamaican Owl.

Overnight near Port Antonio in woodland setting accommodation, also home to Jamaican Owl.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight included

Day 3.
Drive to Montego Bay (approx. 4 hours). Lunch en route. Afternoon visit to Rocklands Hummingbird Sanctuary at Anchovy. Red-billed Streamertail, Mango Hummingbird, Orangequit and many more. Then mountain drive and transfer to your beautifully situated accommodation base on the south coast (approx 1.5 hours).
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight included

Day 4.
Early start for visit to Bluefields Mountains IBA. Of the 29 Jamaican endemic species we have observed 20 in this IBA, plus a further 13 endemic sub-species. Among the regular favourites on our tours are the : Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Stripe-headed Tanager, Orangequit, Jamaican Euphonia, Jamaican Elaenia, Jamaican Pewee, Olive-throated Parakeet, Northern Potoo (quite often seen at day time roost), Rufous-tailed Flycatcher, Jamaican Woodpecker, Arrowhead Warbler.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight included

Day 5.
Early start to spectacularly rugged Cockpit Country IBA which supports 33 of Jamaica’s 36 EBA range restricted species including Black-billed and Yellow-billed Parrots, Blue Mountain Vireo, Crested Quail Dove, Jamaican Blackbird, Jamaican Crow, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight included

Day 6. (subject to return flight departure time).
8 a.m. Black River Upper Morass. Species here include Northern Jacana, Least Bittern, Purple Gallinule, Limpkin, West Indian Whistling Duck, and perhaps a sighting of the rare Spotted Rail and Yellow-breasted Crake. Transfer to Montego Bay.
Breakfast and lunch

Costs
6 Days tour price is based on 2 persons/double room – from US$1,675 per person including tax, transfers from Montego Bay airport, specified accommodation and meals plan. Single room supplement US$250. Flights not included. A 10% government tax will be added to the total tour fee.

We offer tours throughout the year. Advanced booking is essential. Customized tours from 1 – 8 days are available on request, including bird and nature photography specials.

Notes:
The above itinerary is designed to provide the greatest opportunity to see the majority of Jamaica’s endemics in the shortest time. Tour routes and days may be varied according to weather conditions. Trips take place throughout the year. Longer or shorter private and customised tours are available on request.
Fitness:
Fitness – Our routes are relatively easy walking over short distances. Slightly more challenging trails can be walked with fitter groups. If you have any concerns regarding levels of fitness required, please ask for more details.
Equipment:
Clothing – Dress for hot and humid tropical weather and be prepare for rain. Light clothing is recommended: cotton shirts and t-shirts (earth colors preferable), long and short pants, closed shoes or trainers (not sandals), hat, insect repellent and sun block. Equipment – Binoculars, scope and camera. Travel insurance: strongly recommended