Despite its sometimes roguish image Jamaica is beautiful, accessible and safe (yes safe!) for a birdwatching holiday, with a range of locations as inebriating as Jamaican rum. Between the Blue Mountains and Port Antonio you can usually see almost all of the Jamaican endemics.
You can find 265 different species of birds with over 20 endemic to Jamaica on a birdwatching vacation in Jamaica. Jamaica has 28 endemic birds more than any other Caribbean island. In fact Jamaica has the highest number of endemics for any island of its size - even more than neighbouring Cuba, an island 10 times larger.
Many of the Jamaican endemics can be viewed at Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, which is particularly known as one of the best places to see the Black-billed Streamertail. Text supplied by Hotel Mocking Bird Hill
Black-billed Streamertail © Peter Nash
Showing the 24 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted
Bahama Islands (Princess Cay), Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island and Yucatan via Caribbean cruise - July 31st - August 5th 2005, author Eric Shaw (added November 9, 2005)
Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, Portland Parish, Jamaica, October 22 – October 27, 2010, author Robert Lockett (added November 2, 2010)
Jamaican Endemics, February 25th - March 2nd, 2012 , author Forrest Rowland (added March 29, 2012)
(All the Endemics! Great showing of near-endemics and neotropical migrants)
Jamaica - Island Endemics I Feb 17, author Rockjumper Birding Tours (link created June 13, 2017)
(Jamaica, Jamaican Spindalis, Red-billed Streamertail, Jamaican Tody, Ring-tailed Pigeon, Jamaican Blackbird, Northern Potoo)
Jamaica - Island Endemics II Feb 17, author Rockjumper Birding Tours (link created June 13, 2017)
(Jamaica, Crested Quail-Dove, Red-billed Streamertail, Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Northern Potoo)
Jamaica - 24th - 29th November 2010, author Frank Rheindt (added July 13, 2011)
(information on all endemics of the island, including the "Blue Mountain Elaenia" (Elaenia fallax fallax), a taxon that will be elevated to species status soon)
Eastern Jamaica - Island of endemics, rum, coffee and Bob Marley - 1st - 11th February 2008, author Gordon Ellis (added February 22, 2008)
(Blue Mountains, Greencastle Estate, John Crow Mountains)
Jamaica - searching for the endemics - 23rd - 30th November 2018, author Stephen Blaber (added December 11, 2018)
(Blue Mountains, John Crow Mountains, Hellshire Hills)
Jamaica Birding - Negril - 25th September - 5th October 2013, author Robert Wemyss (added April 6, 2015)
(Montego Bay, Negril, Royal Palm Reserve,)
Birding trip report - Jamaica, 5th - 19th February 2020, author David Alan Showler (added April 22, 2020)
(Yellow-breased Crake, Spotted Rail, Elim Pools,)
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