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Birding in the various forests of Blue Mountains

Bird watching in the forests which are located in the Blue Mountains is always spectacular.  This blessed part of Jamaica, is home to several lush forests which are located in different regions of these highly elevated valleys and peaks.  These forests hosts numerous bird habitats that are ideal for birding all day long, being that they are located in the highest and coolest parts of Jamaica.  If you are visiting Kingston as a tourist, explorer, business traveller and have an interest in bird watching, you can join one of our single day excursions to the southern or central Blue Mountains.  If you are a birder or someone of birding interest holidaying in Port Antonio, you are welcome to join one of our single day birding excursions to the northern or central Blue Mountains. 

Some of these birding hotspots are located at elevations of over 5,060 ft. or 1,542m and birds are always around because of the constant cool temperatures.  Birding in these areas allow birders to bird at ease, stopping at various points where you can have panoramic views of valleys below.  Watch the Cuckoos glide across the valleys from tree to tree, listen to the whistling sounds of the elusive Rufus-throated Solitaire as the sweetens the mountain and valleys with their fluty melodies.  Continue to boost your energy by eating fruits, cakes and sipping the World's renown Blue Mountain Coffee while you search for the Jamaican Black-bird and the Crested Quail-dove. 

If you are vacationing in Kingston, driving time to the start of birding in any of the forests which are located in the southern Blue Mountains is forty five (45) minutes.  It will take an additional thirty (30) minutes to get to the forests of the central Blue Mountains.  If you are holidaying Ocho Rios or Port Antonio, driving time from your accommodation venues in any of these two towns to the nearest forest of the northern Blue Mountains is about two (2) hours.  It will take another thirty (30) minutes to get to the nearest habitat of the central Blue Mountains.  On the requested day of your tour, your bird watching guide will meet you at your place of accommodation at an appropriate time for your tour from any of the Resort Areas mentioned above to your bird watching adventure in the Blue Mountains. 

Itinerary

In order to make sure that you have every opportunity to see the rare birds, we recommend that our birding starts not later than 6:00 am.  If you are holidaying in Kingston your departure time will be 5:00 am.  This will allow you enough time to arrive in any of the southern Blue Mountain forests before 6:00 am.  If you are holidaying in Ocho Rios or Port Antonio, you will need to depart your place of accommodation at or before 4:00 am.  This will give you enough time to be in the northern Blue Mountains at or before 6:00 am.   Wherever you have travelled from, 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 a delicious breakfast which will be accompanying us, somewhere in the forest.  After breakfast, we will bird for another three (3) hours before concluding our morning in the higher elevated forests which are located in the central Blue Mountains. 

There is a possibility of seeing all of Jamaica's endemic bird species in these forests.  However it will be hard in one day.  Depending on the birding ability of our participants, at this time we should have seen more than half of the 28 endemic species on our lists, not forgetting endemic sub-species, resident species and migrant species.  At this time, you will have the option of visiting a coffee farm or head back to your accommodation venue.  On our journey from the central and southern Blue Mountains to Kingston, we will have a few bird watching stops on the way.  you will also have the opportunity to stop for lunch halfway down-hill at a cozy lunch spot.  On our journey from the central and northern Blue Mountains to Ocho Rios or Port Antonio, we will also have a few bird watching stops on the way.  You will also have a delicious Jerk chicken lunch by the sea in Buff Bay.  After lunch, you will board your transport for your ride back to Ocho Rios and Port Antonio. 

Target Birds

Our target birds in this area are, Arrow-headed Warblers, Jamaican Elaenias, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoos, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoos, Sad Fly-catchers, Jamaican Woodpeckers, Orange-quits, Jamaican Orioles, White Chinned Thrushes, Jamaican Black-bird, Crested Quail Doves, Rufus-throated Solitaires, White-crowned Pigeons, Ring-tailed Pigeons, Blue Mountain Vireos, Jamaican Vireos, Jamaican Pewees, Jamaican Becards, Yellow-shouldered Grass-quits, Jamaican Todies.

These are some of the sure endemics in this area.  During our endemic search we will be viewing several other species such as Bull-finches, Northern Antillean Elaenias.

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.

Birding excursion to the Blue Mountains. Single person cost.

If you are travelling as single person who want to do this tour privately, the cost is US$350.00.  Please view your two payment options below:

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Birding excursion to to the Blue Mountains. Per person cost for 2 to 10 persons.

If you are travelling as couple, or as a member of a group numbering two (2) to ten (10) persons, the cost is US$210.00 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.

  

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