Jamaica Bird Watching Holiday
Jamaica is a tropical island with a wide range of habitats including lush jungle, majestic mountains and beautiful coastlines. It is a haven for birdlife with over 300 species recorded.
However, you won’t have to venture very far from your hotel to have an amazing bird watching experience; many species can be found darting about hotel gardens. But if you want to go further afield the best way to do it is to join an organized tour with a local guide who will be able to point out some of the more unusual and elusive species
Tailor-make your dream bird watching holiday to Jamaica with our guide on where to stay, what to do and the bird species to look out for.
5 Birds To Look Out For
Hotel Mockingbird Hill
Hotel Mockingbird Hill is set on a hilltop on Jamaica’s northeast coast between the Blue Mountains and the Caribbean Sea. It is famous for the number of birds that inhabit its tropical gardens which are mentioned in the ornithologist James Bond’s book, Birds of the West Indies.
Enjoy a leisurely meal of slow cooked food with a Jamaican twist on the terrace as you watch hummingbirds, streamertails and parrots flying amongst the lush greenery. A number of bespoke bird watching tours can be arranged through the hotel.
5 Things To Do
Rockland Bird Sanctuary Tour From Montego Bay
Located in the hills of the community of Anchovy, the Rockland Bird Sanctuary offers inner peace and tranquility as you get up close and personal with Jamaica’s national bird the red-billed streamertail, locally called the doctor bird. There is an optional add-on to the tour which includes a visit to Montego Bay’s “Hip-Strip” for duty-free and craft shopping.
Scenic Blue Mountain Tour From Kingston
Explore the majestic Blue Mountains by taking a hike up Jamaica’s tallest peak. This area boasts many spectacular scenic views and diverse flora and fauna and an abundance of bird species including the national bird of Jamaica, the doctor bird. This trip is a must-do for anyone who loves nature and is visiting Jamaica.
Barney's Hummingbird Garden
Take some time to relax at Barnaby’s Hummingbird Garden in the rocky west end of Negril. Wander through the tropical gardens to see several different species of birds, including native hummingbirds, and sit quietly as they feed on sweet nectar from the palm of your hand. Then let loose with live reggae music and drinks (own expense) during a sunset stop to see the cliff divers at Rick’s Cafe.
Flora and Fauna of Jamaica Safari from Negril
Get close to native Jamaican culture in this fun filled trip through the wildlife preserve. Explore the unique habitats of three natural flora and fauna environments: the wetlands, rainforest and grassland. From the boardwalks, see native crocodiles, iguanas, tortoises, snakes and plenty more animals. Visit the natural lakes and spring ponds and watch wading birds in their natural habitats.
Mayfield Falls Nature Walk
Get out in the nature of Westmoreland on this half-day private tour from Negril. You’ll be able to enjoy the scenery around Mayfield Falls as you will leave the beach travel along the plains, through the towns, pass by sugar can fields up into the picturesque mountain range. Jump in the cool clear waters of this hidden treasure. This will be your escape from the hustle and bustle of commercial living. Relax into a beautiful natural valley filled with fresh mountain air, indigenous flowers and the musical melodies of exotic birds.