Jamaica Birding Spots Map
Over 300 species of birds, 28 endemic along with other residents, migrants and wanderers, adorn Jamaica; coupled with a varied landscape from the Cockpit country in the central north west, with its Karst topography, 800m being the highest elevation, typified with gently rolling limestone bluffs and some salt ponds, to the northern coast around Ocho Rios, with a coastal backdrop, and from there to the tepid, misty Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park in the east, 150m to 2,256m elevation, all mantled with montane forest, and then the marsh lands, such as, the Black Morasses and Negril Morass (Negril Royal Palm Reserve) make a scintillating birding and bird watching destination.
In the Cockpit Country Windsor Research Centre (Windsor Great House) is the premier birding location--with a more scientific bent--which is opposed to the distinctive, interactive, laid-back, multifarious (strolls, gardens, other attractions and hospitality centers) bird watching sites on the north coast such as Rocklands Bird Sanctuary (a.k.a. Rockland's Feeding Station), Cranbrook Flower Forest and Mystic Mountain, and, whereas, Ecclesdown and Hardwar Gap are favoured, rougher (hiking may be involved), discreet observation birding spots in the Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park, the Black River Morasses (Upper and Lower) in the south west are more typified by remote observation from canoes, river banks and boardwalks.
Some other lively birding and bird watching spots include the wetlands of Parottee Ponds, the Blue Mountains' Abbey Green, the North Coast's Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, at Port Antonio, Central Jamaica's Marshall's Pen, Kingston's urban Hope Gardens, West Moreland's Bluefields Mountains and the cays (sandy low islands) of Portland Bight.
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