Birdwatching in jamaica

Rufous FlycatcherThe haunting cry of the Jamaican Rufus-throated Solitaire is evocative of the Blue Mountain range, this elusive bird which rarely appears is one of many  Caribbean endemic bird species that can be found in the mid and high level forests.

At least 12 of Jamaica’s endemic birds have been spotted on location at Lime Tree, some of them can be seen from the comfort of your veranda whilst sipping Blue Mountain Coffee in the early morning!

We offer exclusive birding tours to other locations in the Blue Mountains, where our birding guides, Roger or Lindon will assist you in trying to locate as many species as possible.

Here at Lime Tree we focus all of our excursions on the Blue Mountain area, apart from our exclusive Birding tours a wide variety of birds can also be seen on any other of our excursions – the perfect setting for a “mixed” birding/non-birding couple to spend a few days of peace and tranquility.

Exclusive Birdwatching Tours (with guide)

Abbey Green

An early morning departure followed by a drive to the foot of Blue Mountain itself where we meet up with our guide. The morning is spent working our way up through the mid-level forest towards Abbey Green an old coffee plantation at about 5000 ft above sea level. A picnic brunch is provided.

Endemic Birds seen so far

Ring Tailed Pigeon, Jamaican Parakeet, Red Billed Streamertail, Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Woodpecker, Jamaican Eleania,White Eyed Thrush, White Chinned Thrush, Jamaican Vireo, Jamaican Euphonia, Jamaican Owl, Crested Quail Dove, Chestnut Bellied Cuckoo, Orangequit, Jamaican Blackbird

Cost  Per Couple –  US$ 200.00

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Hardwar Gap

An early morning departure followed by a drive through Silver Hill Gap to the northern facing slopes of the Blue Mountain Range and Hardwar Gap –  a long-time favourite for keen birders. Hopefully our guide Ryan Love will be able to find a few endemic species that are not so prevalent on the southern slopes (Abbey Green).
Return trip through the former British army headquarters at Newcastle with an optional stop for coffee at the Gap Café where feeders attract a dazzling array of hummingbirds. (picnic brunch provided).

Endemic Birds seen so far:-

Ring Tailed Pigeon, Red Billed Streamertail, Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Woodpecker, Sad Flycatcher, Rufus-tailed Flycatcher, Jamaican Becard, White Chinned Thrush, Jamaican Vireo, Blue Mountain Vireo, Arrowheaded Warbler, Orangequit, Jamaican Spindalis,Yellow-shouldered Grassquit, Jamaican Blackbird, Crested Quail Dove
Cost per couple – US$ 200.00
Other excursions great for birding include:- CinchonaBlue Mountain Peak, Crane Walk, Governors Bench walk. A professional birding guide can be provided with any of our excursions at an extra cost of  US$ 150.00.