Birds at Rocklands bird sanctuary Montego Bay
The Red-billed Streamertail and Jamaican Mango are so tame that they will come straight to a handheld bottle of sugar water and some of them will even sit on your finger to feed. There are 4 species of hummingbird in Jamaica, three of them can be found at the Rocklands bird sanctuary, but the 4th, the Black-billed Streamertail, is only found in the very eastern part of Jamaica (it is sometimes treated as a sub-species of the Streamertail). You will be provide with seed to put on your hand for the Black-faced Grassquit, Yellow-faced Orangequit and Grassquit. Also hopping around the feeders on the patio are Bananaquit and Greater Antillean Bullfinch.
On the tour at Rocklands bird sanctuary you will come across species such as White-chinned Thrush, Rufous-tailed Flycatcher, Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Euphonia, Jamaican Vireo, Black-throated Blue Warbler, American Redstart and Northern Parula. The endemic and Caribbean species most likely to be seen are: Jamaican Woodpecker, Jamaican Becard, Vervain Hummingbird, Loggerhead Kingbird and Sad Flycatcher. An outdoor patio area, where you can sit and watch more birds such as Jamaican Oriole using the feeders. Common ground-Dove and Caribbean Dove can be found around the gardens.
Notable Bird Species Found where in Jamaica
The road between Newcastle and Hardwar Gap in the Blue Mts gives easy access to montane forest birds such as Ring-tailed Pigeon and Plain Pigeon and Crested Quail-Dove, Jamaican Tody, White-eyed Thrush, Rufous-throated Solitaire and the rare Jamaican Blackbird.
For those staying at Montego Bay on the north coast there is excellent birding at Rocklands Bird Sanctuary, aka Rocklands Feeding Station near Anchovy, St James. A small entrance fee to this private feeding station will guarantee Red-billed Streamertail, Jamaican Mango and Black-faced Grassquit and the surrounding woodland holds various doves and cuckoos, Jamaican Owl, Jamaican Becard, Jamaican Oriole and Orangequit. Guides are available to assist birders in this area.
A similar range of birds can be seen in the sugar plantation at Good Hope which can be visited by prior arrangement.
The wet limestone forest of the Cockpit Country can be explored via the rough road from Clark’s Town to Albert Town. Endemics to be found here include Black-billed Parrot and Yellow-billed Parrot, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo and Jamaican Crow.
The arid scrub of the Portland Ridge, Clarendon, in the far south of the island is home to doves, Stolid Flycatcher and Bahama Mockingbird. White-tailed Tropicbird nest on cliffs near Hector’s River, Portland, in the east of Jamaica and Black-billed Streamertail can also be seen in the area.
Black River Morass
Jamaica’s best wetland for birds can be found at Black River Morass, St Elizabeth in the south-east. A variety of waterbirds including Black-billed Whistling-Duck, herons, rails and wintering waders can be seen in the Lower Morass and nearby Parrot-tee Ponds.