Our ‘Birding Jamaica Celebration’ goal is to see all 28 of the island’s endemic bird species, including the Jamaican Owl, Jamaican Mango, Jamaican Becard, Jamaican Tody, the Hummingbirds and more. At less than 2.5 inches long, and weighing around three grams, the Vervain Hummingbird is the second smallest bird in the world (the even tinier bee hummingbird lives in Cuba). They look more like large flying insects than birds, and buzz around from flower to flower like a bumblebee, sipping nectar as they go.
In addition to time on the Caribbean coast, we explore a variety of habitats, including montane and rainforest, quiet rivers and lush valleys. Many of the endemics are among the island’s commonest species, including the White-chinned Thrush, the Jamaican Woodpecker and the delightful Jamaican Tody. The Tody, from a unique Caribbean family, looks like a hummingbird on steroids, and goes by the local name of ‘robin redbreast’.
The official bird names are just as weird and wonderful. Bananaquits, Orangequits and the Jamaican Mango make up a veritable fruit salad, whilst the Jamaican Euphonia fails to live up to its name, sounding instead like a car trying to start.
Alongside the island’s unique bird species, discover Jamaica’s flora including a variety of ferns, butterflies, orchids (66 endemic species) bromeliads and other unusual flora. Enjoy walks on mountain trails, local culture and time to relax on the beach or go snorkeling.
This journey is a great opportunity to combine the tropical pleasures of a Caribbean vacation with the exploration of an exceptional island.
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