6 Day Tour For Endemics

This great tour has been designed by local birding experts to see the maximum number of Jamaica’s 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 or Kingston it’s birding all the way. We would aim to see around more than 100 species (including water birds) when the winter migrants are at their peak.

Tours are customised to birder requirements and may be arranged for private groups or open for couples or individuals to join. We also offer specialist photography tours. You set the pace!

Tour Days

Day 1

9 a m. Met by your guide and driver at Montego Bay, accommodation. Wintering water birds and opportunity for West Indian Whistling Duck at Bogue Lagoon. Visit Rocklands Hummingbird Sanctuary at Anchovy for close up views of Red-billed Streamertail, Mango Hummingbird, Orangequit and many more.

Then mountain drive to Bluefields for lunch and afternoon birds at Bluefields Mountain IBA. Transfer to hotel accommodation.

Lunch, dinner and overnight included

Day 2

Early start for visit to a Forest Reserve and then in woodlands above Whitehouse in the afternoon. Of the 29 Jamaican endemic species, we have observed 21 in these areas, plus a further 13 endemic subspecies.

Among the regular favourites on our tours in this area are the: Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Spindalis, Orangequit, Jamaican Euphonia, Jamaican Elaenia, Jamaican Pewee, Olive-throated Parakeet, Northern Potoo (sometimes seen at day time roost), Rufous-tailed Flycatcher, Jamaican Woodpecker, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, Arrowhead Warbler, Greater Antillean Bullfinch.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight included

Day 3

Travel to Port Antonio (approx. 4 hours). Transfer to hotel accommodation. Afternoon birds at Ecclesdown (subject to arrival time) and in hotel grounds and wooded environs down to the sea shore, including Black-billed Streamertail hummingbird, Jamaican Oriole, White-chinned Thrush, Jamaican Spindalis.

Evening search for Jamaican Owl at hotel.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight included

Day 4

Early start for birding at northern Ecclesdown Road, in the Blue and John Crow Mountains. National Park.

Target birds include endangered Jamaican Blackbird, near-endangered Crested Quail Dove, Ring-tailed Pigeon, Black-billed Parrot, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Blue Mountain Vireo, Vervain Hummingbird, Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Becard, Jamaican Elaenia, Arrowhead Warbler, Yellow-shouldered Grassquit, Rufous-tailed Flycatcher, Olive-throated Parakeet, Greater Antillean Bullfinch, Jamaican Crow, Rufous-throated Solitaire and other of the endemics that are in this area.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight included

Day 5

Morning, White-tailed Tropic Birds at Hectors River (March/April). The morning and afternoon are spent birding between the gardens at spectacular Reach Falls and southern Ecclesdown in John Crow and Blue Mountain IBA.

Lunch at Long Bay. Target birds for the day include Jamaican Blackbird, Crested Quail Dove, Blue Mountain Vireo, Jamaican Tody, Yellow-billed Parrot, Jamaican Becard, Jamaican Elaenia, Jamaican Woodpecker, Jamaican Spindalis, Jamaican Euphonia, White-chinned Thrush, White-eyed Thrush and Orangequit, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Jamaican Pewee, Red-tailed Hawk and more.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight included

Day 6

Subject to flight departure times. Early morning endemic birds on tracks at Fairy Hill/Goblin Hill and accommodation environs. Depart accommodation.

Transfer to airport for departure

Breakfast. Overnight not included in tour fee

6 day tour price from US$1675 per person, shared room (fee varies with month).

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Day 7

Bahama Mockingbird  and Dry Limestone Forest. Portland Cottage and Portland Bight for the Bahama Mockingbird in dry limestone forest and scrub.

Good range of endemics including Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Vireo, Jamaican Elaenia, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo and migrant warblers. Shorebirds close by including resident Clapper Rail, White Ibis, and winter visitors. (Seasonal availability only).

Day 8

Black River Upper Morass is part of Jamaica’s largest wetland and an IBA. Present in the area are very rare residents including the Spotted Rail and Yellow-breasted Crake (pictured). Also, at the site, West Indian Whistling Duck, Masked Duck, Limpkin, Least Bittern, Purple Gallinule and many others are also there.

Migrants include Sora, Wilson’s Snipe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, and often mixed flocks of hirundines. Good numbers of wintering warblers are also present. In the late morning, we move to Black River and the Parottee Great Morass to check out wintering waders and ducks.

Blue-winged Teal are the most common the saline mud flats. Rarities in the migration periods can include Flamingo, American Avocet, Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalarope. (Seasonal availability only).

DAY TOUR FOR ENDEMICS

This is a great day out in the forested mountains near beautiful Bluefields on the south coast. Of the 29 Jamaican endemic species we have observed 22, plus a further 12 endemic sub-species and 9 Caribbean endemics in our local area.

Among the regular favourites on our tours are the: Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Oriole, Jamaican Spindalis, 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, White-eyed Thrush, Red-billed Streamertail, Vervain, and Mango Hummingbirds.

Easy walking on forest tracks. Lunch and refreshments included.

Transport available from Negril, Montego Bay and other locations.

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