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Birding In the Upper John Crow Moutains

Bird watching in the higher elevated areas of the John Crow Mountains is also great fun.  This large area of natural forest is located in the higher hills of the John-crow Mountains, spanning over 11,600 square miles or 30,044 square kilometers.  Starting your birding from the northern side which over looks the town of Port Antonio, to the central areas then over the southern areas which overlooks the Rio Grande Valley, is an experience any birder would want to have.  It is sad to say that recreational birding is almost impossible throughout the length and breath of this area being that vehicular traffic access is limited heading into the mains forests. 

However this does not stop birders of advanced age to go birding in this area; as birding can also be done from the edge of the driving road.  Capturing great pictures and having marvelous close-up views of various rear birds is highly possible while birding along the vehicular road.  Most of the birds to be found here are similar to those in the forests of the lower John Crow Mountains which are located northeast of this location.  Comparing to the lower areas, birding along the road is not as quiet being that cars and humans are passing by more frequent as the day gets later.  

In this case, early morning birding is more rewarding.  In order to have more intense birding person will  need to explore deeper into the main forest.  These persons need to be of middle or younger and are prepare to walk for some distance.  Golden agers who are physically fit and want to take on the challenge, can pursue this venture of exploring the foot trails which are located in these areas.  If persons are able to go into the back-end of this forest, their birding morning will be rewarding.

Birding Hot Spots You Will Enjoy



Based on the driving time from your place of accommodation in the Port Antonio area or other areas of northeastern Jamaica to the higher hills of the 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 recommended habitat at 6:am.  On arrival, we will start our bird watching at 6:00 am and bird to about  8:30 am.   At this time we will pause for a cup of delicious Blue Mountain coffee along with our packed breakfast somewhere in the forest. 

After breakfast, we will bird for another three (3) hours before concluding our morning's birding in these forests.  We will then depart the upper John Crow Mountains for birding in , having lunch somewhere in the lower regions.  After having lunch, you will be taken to other forests for early to mid afternoon birding.  After your splendid day of first class birding, you will be driven back to your place of accommodation.  

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Target Birds

Our target birds in these areas are mainly of our Jamaican endemics and endemic sub species.  These are mainly Chesnut-bellied Cuckoos, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoos, Jamaican Black-bird, Jamaican Crows, Jamaican Woodpeckers, Jamaican Euphonia, 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, Red-billed Streamer-tailed Humming-bird, 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 Jamaica birding will also bring your bird watching spirits alive.

These Are Just Some Of The Birds You Will See



Cost for this tour includes:-

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

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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:

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If you are travelling as a 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:

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