Jamaica: Mar 21—28, 2018

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Departs: Kingston
Tour Limit: 12
Operations Manager: Erik Lindqvist
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Tour Leaders


Ann Haynes-Sutton

Ann Haynes-Sutton is a conservation ecologist who has spent her working life in Jamaica. She...


Brandon Hay

D. Brandon Hay has served as research assistant to Ann Sutton since 1996. Together they...

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Red-billed Streamertail

Red-billed Streamertail— Photo: Brian Gibbons

Great birding on a beautiful Caribbean island featuring numerous island and regional endemics, set largely amidst the idyllic setting of the renowned birding hotspot Marshall’s Pen, the private home and nature reserve of Ann Sutton, one of our leaders. Ann Sutton is also the principal author of A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Jamaica, and a well-known conservationist.

Whether you want an introduction to the many special Caribbean birds or an opportunity to add 28 Jamaican endemic species to your life list, the island of Jamaica offers an enchanting experience—and is the easiest of the Greater Antilles to do so. Altogether we could see 62 Caribbean endemics! To do so, we will explore this beautiful island and its wide variety of habitats, including freshwater marshes, dry coastal scrub, lush tropical forests, and mountains that loom 7,000 feet into clear blue skies.

Much of this rugged island is still relatively unscarred by human hands and holds many marvelous species of birds, numbers of which are threatened or endangered. Day-trips into the Cockpit Country and Blue and John Crow Mountains should turn up Crested Quail-Dove, Ring-tailed Pigeon, Jamaican Lizard-Cuckoo, Black-billed and Yellow-billed parrots, Blue Mountain Vireo, White-eyed Thrush, Arrowhead Warbler, and Jamaican Blackbird.

The highlight of our visit is our stay at Marshall’s Pen, a wonderful historic estate and nature reserve with plenty of native habitat. The property teems with a diversity of birdlife. We’ll watch for Caribbean Dove, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, Jamaican Woodpecker, Jamaican Mango, Vervain Hummingbird, Jamaican Becard, Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Oriole, and many others. The stunning and spectacular Red-billed Streamertail hummingbird is a common sight, and the Jamaican Owl haunts the Pen by night.

Exploration of other parts of the island will lead us to the wetlands of the Black River Morass in search of West Indian Whistling-Duck; the lush montane forests and wet forests; and the rugged and scenic east coast, with its White-tailed Tropicbirds. Our guides are also experts in many other aspects of natural history, including endemic plants, butterflies, and dragonflies.

Standard to excellent accommodations; easy non-strenuous to lightly strenuous terrain; warm to cool climate, mostly dry with some showers.