Endemics in the forests and hummingbirds in the gardens. This is an Anytime trip for two or more people at a time of your choosing.
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Anytime Tours can be tailored to your own interests, and the durations below are just sample recommendations, with associated prices, based on 2 people sharing.
6 Birding Days with Local Guide
Ground Price: from £2100 (US$2850, €2450)
One of the larger Caribbean islands, Jamaica holds more endemic species than neighbouring Cuba. The majority of these are easy to find, and, indeed, can even be found in hotel grounds. On the trip, we should be able to find all the endemics and many localised Caribbean species.
Near the airport, we should see Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigatebird, Royal and Forster’s Terns and several shorebirds.
Endemics and specialities on our first few days include Red-billed Streamertail, Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Spindalis, Orangequit, Jamaican Euphonia, Small Jamaican Elaenia, Jamaican Pewee, Jamaican Parakeet, Northern Potoo, Rufous-tailed Flycatcher, Jamaican Woodpecker, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, Arrowhead Warbler, Greater Antillean Bullfinch and Yellow-shouldered Grassquit.
From here, we will visit areas in the Blue Mountains for some of the more scarce species, including Jamaican Owl, Jamaican Poorwill, Plain Pigeon, Jamaican Phoebe, Crested Quail Dove, Jamaican Becard, Large Jamaican Elaenia, Sad Flycatcher, Jamaican and Blue Mountain Vireos and, with luck, Jamaican Blackbird. Yellow-billed and Black-billed Amazons can both be seen.
North of the mountains are areas with Jamaican Lizard-cuckoo, Jamaican Oriole, Jamaican Mango, Black-billed Streamertail, Caribbean Dove, Jamaican Oriole and White-chinned and White-eyed Thrushes. In the northern winter, Black-throated Blue Warblers and American Redstarts can be very common..
We can also visit the John Crow Mountains, which are the best spot for Jamaican Blackbird, and also good for Jamaican Crow and both Amazons, and, in the right season, we can visit a nesting site for White-tailed Tropicbird.
It is also possible to visit the dry woodlands of Hellshire to look for the localised race of Bahama Mockingbird.