JAMAICA - Quest for Endemics

This short tour is designed to be an extension of our Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic tour and will target the 30 endemics (taxonomy depending) that occur on this very interesting island that has become popular with tourists for its palm-fringed stunning beaches, culture, reggae music, Blue Mountain coffee and overall laid back nature. We are going to spend our time amidst the forested Blue Mountains, the subtropical hotspot of Ecclesdown Road and will also visit some feeders in the north-west of the island to round off our endemic quest.  Beginning in the picturesque Blue Mountains we will look for Jamaican Owl, Crested Quail-Dove, Red-billed Streamertail, Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Woodpecker, Jamaican Pewee, Jamaican Vireo, Arrowhead Warbler, Jamaican Blackbird, Jamaican Oriole, Orangequit and others, whilst greater Antillean Bullfinches can be seen in the gardens of our ideally-located hotel.  Moving to the lowlands of the north coast we will make several visits to Ecclesdown Road - the premier birding site on the island. It is the only locality where every endemic has been seen! This seldom driven road is home to Black-billed and Yellow-billed Amazon, Chestnut-bellied and Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Black-billed Streamertail, Sad Flycatcher, Jamaican Crow, Jamaican Becard, Yellow-shouldered Grassquit and many other endemics and Caribbean specialities. Our final port of call will be Rocklands Bird Sanctuary where Jamaican Mango, Jamaican Euphonia and several other species can be seen at extremely close range to round off our exciting Jamaican adventure!

Tuesday 9th - Saturday 13th March 2021

KEY SPECIES

Here are just a few of the key species we will be targetting on this tour:

  • Ring-tailed Pigeon
  • Crested Quail-Dove
  • Ruddy Quail-Dove
  • Caribbean Dove‚Ä®
  • Zenaida Dove
  • Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo
  • Jamaican Lizard-Cuckoo
  • Jamaican Owl
  • Northern Potoo
  • Jamaican Mango
  • Vervain Hummingbird
  • Red-billed Streamertail
  • Black-billed Streamertail
  • Jamaican Tody
  • Jamaican Woodpecker
  • Black-billed Parrot
  • Yellow-billed Parrot
  • Olive-throated Parakeet
  • Small Jamaican Elaenia
  • Large Jamaican Elaenia
  • Jamaican Pewee
  • Sad Flycatcher
  • Rufous-tailed Flycatcher
  • Loggerhead Kingbird
  • Jamaican Becard
  • Jamaican Vireo
  • Blue Mountain Vireo
  • Jamaican Crow
  • Rufous-throated Solitaire
  • White-eyed Thrush
  • White-chinned Thrush
  • Arrowhead Warbler
  • Orangequit
  • Greater Antillean Bullfinch
  • Yellow-shouldered Grassquit
  • Jamaican Spindalis
  • Jamaican Blackbird
  • Greater Antillean Grackle
  • Jamaican Oriole
  • Jamaican Euphonia
Red-billed Streamertail

Leaders: Nick Bray & Derek Barber.

Ground Price:  £1950.00 - Kingston/Montego Bay  

Airfare: £650 - £720.00 (Approx) - UK/UK
Airfare: £250 (Approx) - Punta Cana/Kingston

Single supplement: £300.00              

Deposit: £250.00

Group size: Minimum for tour to go ahead 4 and maximum 12 with 2 leaders.

Included in cost: Accommodation in twin rooms en-suite, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6 ( including picnic lunches where necessary), bottled water, all entrance fees, transport throughout in air-conditioned vehicles, and services of leaders.

Not included: International & domestic flights, insurance, excess luggage charges, visa fee, drinks, tips and items of a personal nature. 

Accommodation: Ranges from reasonable to good. We will stay in the best available lodges/guest houses close to the birding sites we visit, to cut-out the necessity of any long drives before reaching the best birding areas each day. 

Tour Code: This is a standard tour where early starts and some late finishes when owling can be expected. Usually there is some time off during the middle of the day to relax. All of our birding walks will be of a usual slow pace and relatively easy. Expect a typically tropical climate with most days being hot and humid in the lowlands, with the Blue Mountains being cooler and some rain can be expected.

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