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Birding for a day in the Cockpit Country

Birding in Jamaica, attracts several mountainous areas where persons of birding interest can visit and watch birds in a cool, peaceful and friendly atmosphere.  One of these mountainous birding habitats is the Cockpit Country.  Although it is not as compressive in assuring persons of birding interest that they will see all of Jamaica's twenty nine (29) endemic bird species on this single day birding excursion, the combined forests of this region has a lot to offer to birders who are inclined to visit this marvelous country-side.  If you are holidaying in Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, Runaway Bay, Discovery Bay, Treasure Beach or Black River areas, Attractions Link Tourism Services invites you to join one of our single day birding excursions to quiet forests which are located in various regions of the Cockpit Country.  

If you do not want to join a birding excursion with other persons for whatever reason, you can take a personalize excursion with one of our competent, experienced and knowledgeable bird-guides who will also be accommodating, tolerable and patient throughout your entire trip.  Having a birding guide with these qualities, you will be able to see a great number of birds within an eight hour birding period.  From any hotel, villa guest house or private home in the areas mentioned above, our birding crew will be happy to help in having you making your desire of birding for a day in the Cockpit Country of Jamaica, a reality.  Take a break from the beach and see more of Jamaica by exploring its interior!  Enjoy the unspoiled hills and valleys that accommodate a large percentage of Jamaica's birdlife.  

Although the vegetation surrounding these habitats are not as dense as those surrounding the habitats of eastern Jamaica, the forests in these areas are kept fairly cool from the constant moisture which is produced from the sweating limestone rocks that are evident throughout the entire region.  Meet the people of the west central hills of Jamaica.  Learn about their way of survival and the respect they have for agriculture because of its contributions to their lives.  Learn about the history of the area and what it has embedded in the values and attitude of these persons from generation to generation.  Book this birding excursion now and see why bird watching for a day in the Cockpit Country is one worth doing!  Please contact us regarding multi-days birding tours from the resort areas mentioned above.

Itinerary

Based on the distance and driving time from any of the resort areas mentioned above to the main birding habitats of the Cockpit Country, the departure time is 5:00 am from your accommodation venue on your requested tour date.  This will allow you to arrive in the Cockpit Country region at or about 6:am.  On arrival, we will start bird watching at 6:00 am.  Arriving this early, will allow you to bird for about six (6) hours in the main areas of the forest reserve.  We will bird these areas until about  8:30 am.   At this time we will pause for breakfast somewhere in the forest. 

After breakfast, we will bird for another three (3) hours before concluding our morning in this lgendary forest.  At or about mid day, the temperature will rise.  This means that the birding slows down dramatically.  At this time we can still look, listen or use electronic bird calls to enhance our chances of seeing some of the birds we will be able to see, easier.  Between twelve (12) noon to one (1) pm, we will depart the higher areas and bird along the way, stopping at strategic spots on the way to your accommodation venue.  This will allow us to add more birds to our list.

Target Birds

Our target birds in this area are Jamaican Becards, Jamaican Crows, Jamaican Elaenias, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoos, Jamaican Mango Hummingbirds, Cuckoos, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoos, Black Billed Parrots, Yellow Billed Parrots, Jamaican Peewees, Jamaican Woodpeckers, Orange-quits, Jamaican Orioles, Rufus-tailed Fly-catchers, Sad Fly-catcher, Red-billed Streamer-tail Hummingbirds, Ring-tailed Pigeons, White Chinned and White-eyrd Thrushes Yellow-shouldered Grass-quits, are the endemics that are usually present in this area.  During our endemic serch we will be viewing other species. 

These birds are the elusive Rufus-throated Solitaires, Greater Antillean Bullfinch, Greater Antillean Elaenias, Black-faced Grass-quit, Yellow-faced Grass-quits, Black-wiskered Vireos, Stolid Fly-catchers, Yellow-throated Warblers, Cape-may Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warblers, Black Swifts, Red-tailed Hawks, Olive-throsated Parakeets, Green-rumped Parrot-lets, Vervain Hummingbirds, White-collared Swifts, White-crowned Pigeons, are some of the other bird species you will find here.

Amenities

Please Note:

 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 

For more information regarding availability, booking and other inquiries, please contact us using the information provided. 

Bird Watching Day Tour To the Cockpit Country. 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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Bird Watching Day Tour To the Cockpit Country. 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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