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Birding tour of the lower John Crow Mountains

Northeastern Jamaica hosts many spectacular birding habitats, some of these habitats are even unknown to most birding tour organizers.  For this reason, unfortunately, some of these are not published.  One of these areas is the lower John Crow Mountains which host several lush, green and moist forests that form several clusters of peaceful, jungle like canopies which seems endless as you walk along. 

Although this second to none birding paradise is shaken up by deforestation caused by storms in the past and persons clearing land for farming on the edge of the National Park, all of Jamaica's twenty nine (29) bird species can still be found in various areas of these evergreen, forests.   During your holidays in Jamaica, we will be  happy to have you joining one of our single day birding tours to the lower John Crow Mountains. 

If you are holidaying outside of northeastern Jamaica, we recommend that you spend even one (1) night in northeastern Jamaica; in order to have less driving time to this spectacular bird-haven.   Our main aim on this tour, is to help bird watchers to enjoy their morning while birding with us.  This untouched natural forest has all that naturalist desires such as marvelous birding, lots of unusual plants plus various eatable fruits which are fresh from their trees, growing wild. 

Forests of the Lower John Crow Mountains

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Itinerary

Based on the driving time from your place of accommodation in the Port Antonio area to the moist forests of the lower John Crow Mountains, the departure time is 5:00 am from your accommodation venue on your requested tour date.  This will allow you to arrive in the main area of these forests at or about 6:am.  On arrival, we will start bird watching at 6:00 am and bird to about  8:30 am.   At this time we will pause for breakfast somewhere in the forest. 

After breakfast, we will bird for another three (3) hours before concluding our morning's birding in these lush and bird infested forests.  We will then depart wherever we are in these forests for the northern coastline.  You will be driven back towards your place of accommodation, stopping somewhere along the coastline for a snack or full meal.  You will also be able to views of some species of water birds.

After this experience, you will head back to your place of accommodation, making several stops at different location looking more birds to add to your day's count.  This will increase your chances of seeing your desired birds.  This also can advance the opportunity of comparing morning and afternoon picture qualities, based on lighting contrast during the different times of the day. 

Enjoying the moist forests

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Target Birds

Our target birds in this area are Arrow-headed Warblers, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoos, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoos, Jamaican Black-bird, Jamaican Crows, Jamaican Woodpeckers, Jamaican Orioles, Jamaican Becards, Jamaican Spindalises, Jamaican vireos, Jamaican Todys, Jamaican Elaenias, Jamaican Pewees, Sad Fly-catchers, Rufus-tailed Fly-catchers, Black Billed Parrots, Yellow Billed Parrots, Orange-quits, White Chinned Thrushes, White-eyed Thrushes, Crested Quail-dove, Orange-quits, Yellow-shouldered Grass-quits, Ring-tailed Pigeons,  Black-billed Streamer-tailed Humming-bird,  Jamaican Mango Humming-bird, are just a few of the endemics to be found in this area. 

During our endemic search we will be viewing other species of birds which may also be lifers for you .  In doing this promotion we are sure that your choice to bird with us is a decision worth making.  We also want to make sure that your birding in this region of Jamaica, will also spur your bird watching spirits which will encourage you to think of doing more birding in other nearby forests and habitats in other birding areas. 

During your vacation or short visit to northeastern Jamaica, our two single day birding tours of the John Crow Mountains will worth your while doing.  If you are planning on visiting other areas of Jamaica, please see our birding excursion to the Blue Mountains and birding excursions to the Cockpit country.

Recommendations and Reviews

These are only some of the 29 Endemics to be seen

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Amenities

Cost for this tour includes:-

  • All transportation in regards to this tour.
  • One (1) packed breakfast per person on tour.
  • Birding guide fee.
  • Twelve page Jamaica birds checklist  

For more information regarding availability, booking and other inquiries, please contact us using the information provided.  You can alco book and confirm this tour online. 

 

Single person cost.

If you are travelling as single person who want to tour privately, the cost is US$250.00  Please view your two payment options below:

  1. Tap or click the VISA/MASTERCARD icon for access to book via our reservation office.  This payment option also allows you to capitalize on our going discounts and special rate offers.  Please click or tap the best rate banner to view going discounts and special offers.
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Per person cost for 2 to 6 persons.

If you are travelling as couple, or as a member of a group numbering two (2) to six (6) persons, the cost is US$150.00 per person.  Please view your two payment options below:

  1. Tap or click the VISA/MASTERCARD icon for access to book via our reservation office.  This payment option also allows you to capitalize on our going discounts and special rate offers.  Please click or tap the best rate banner to view going discounts and special offers.
  2. Tap or click the "Buy Now" button to pay using PayPal.  This option does not offer any discount.