Camp Cabarita

Birding in Jamaica

Birding at and around Camp Cabarita

Camp Cabarita provides a birder with a rich selection of new endemic life-birds by a casual stroll about to find some of the colorful endemics such as the Red-billed Streamertail, or some more subtle ones such as the Jamaican Euphonia or Sad Flycatcher. Jamaica is home to 28 endemic species – and the Camp Cabarita visitor has access to many of these within a short stroll of the camp itself. Birding is yet another eco tourism experience that can be had by navigating the grounds and surrounding land. For more details on species endemic to Jamaica consider visiting this article.

  • Crested Quail-Dove (Geotrygon versicolor)
  • Ring-Tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas caribaea)
  • Black-Billed Parrot (Amazona agilis)
  • Yellow-Billed Parrot (Amazona collaria)
  • Chestnut-Bellied Cuckoo (Coccyzus pluvialis)
  • Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo (Coccyzus vetula)
  • Jamaican Owl (Pseudoscops grammicus)
  • Black-Billed Streamertail (Trochilus scitulus)
  • Jamaican Mango (Anthracothorax mango)
  • Red-Billed Streamertail (Trochilus polytmus)
  • Jamaican Tody (Todus todus)
  • Jamaican Woodpecker (Melanerpes radiolatus)
  • Jamaican Becard (Pachyramphus niger)
  • Jamaican Elaenia (Myiopagis cotta)
  • Jamaican Pewee (Contopus pallidus)
  • Rufous-Tailed Flycatcher (Myiarchus validus)
  • Sad Flycatcher (Myiarchus barbirostris)
  • White-Chinned Thrush (Turdus aurantius)
  • White-Eyed Thrush (Turdus jamaicensis)
  • Jamaican Crow (Corvus jamaicensis)
  • Blue Mountain Vireo (Vireo osburni)
  • Jamaican Vireo (Vireo modestus)
  • Jamaican Euphonia (Euphonia Jamaica)
  • Arrow-Headed Warbler (Dendroica pharetra)
  • Jamaican Spindalis (Spindalis nigricephala)
  • Orangequit (Euneornis campestris)
  • Yellow-Shouldered Grassquit (Loxipasser anoxanthus)
  • Jamaican Blackbird (Nesopsar nigerrimus)

Some of the more colorful endemic birds of particular interest to the casual to experienced birder:

  • Red-billed Streamertail (hummingbird with paired dancing tails – abundant on the river banks and occasionally into the camp)
  • Jamaican Tody (lose this small bird in the green leaves which its back matches in color, then get blown-away by its vermillion throat)
  • Jamaican Woodpecker (noisy, blatantly visible and abundant about the Camp)
  • Jamaican Oriole (striking black and yellow oriole with distinctive oriole-like call)
  • Jamaican Mango (a common curve-billed purplish hummingbird seen throughout the Camp)
  • Jamaican Spindalis (white and black streaked head, deep yellow body)
  • Olive-sided Parakeet (rather raucous parakeet often seen in twos or threes in the nearby trees)

Some of the more subtle endemics readily found in and about Camp Cabarita:

  • Jamaican Ephonia (short and stubby grey bird, with a splash of yellow on the belly)
  • Sad Flycatcher (subtle like most flycatchers, but with just enough of a yellow belly-wash to make identification secure)
  • Vervain Hummingbird (smallest of the hummingbirds, and most subtly colored)
  • Jamaican Crow (common, raucous crow)
  • White-chinned thrush (common thrush with yellow beak and legs)
  • Orangequit (blue-black bird with rust-colored throat patch)

A selection of other birds of note, not endemic to Jamaica, though some have an endemic sub-species

  • Bananaquit (a small flitting bird with bright yellow body and a white line over the eye)
  • Great Antillean Bullfinch (large sparrow-sized bird with striking rufous-orange “eye brows”
  • Northern Potoo (called by locals “Night Bird” – this close relative of the Whip-pool-will has a unique haunting night-time call that you will not forget)

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