On this epic multi-island adventure, we will explore the three islands of the Caribbean that collectively host the greatest number of single-island endemics including all 28 endemics on Jamaica, 33 endemics on the Dominican Republic, and 18 endemics on Puerto Rico. Included among these are representatives from five endemic bird families including the Palmchat (Dulidae), Todies (Todidae), Purto Rican Tanager (Phaenicophilidae), Chat-tanagers (Calyptophilidae) and Spindalises (Spindalidae) and we will endeavour see at least one representative of each of these families together with as many of the Greater Antillean and wider Caribbean endemics as possible.
Our efforts begin on Jamaica where we will be exploring the island’s great variety of habitats, from the evergreen forests of the Blue Mountains to the ultramarine waters of these rich seas. Just a few of the highlight species include the Jamaican Owl, Jamaican Mango, Jamaican Becard, Jamaican Tody, Crested Quail-Dove and both Red-billed and Black-billed Streamertails. Our lodgings are perfectly located to allow us to stay in the same place for the entire tour! Not only are our lodgings very comfortable, but they are also right in the middle of the specific, endemic-laden forest we intend to bird.
From there, we continue to the Dominican Republic which is perhaps best known for its luxurious beaches as well as the outstanding food and vibrant culture. This island also has much to offer both the avid birder and general naturalist alike. Because of the amazing biodiversity sustained on the island, Hispaniola ranks highest in the world as a priority for bird protection and this is where we will be spending the majority of our time! Our birding tour provides the opportunity to see nearly all the island’s 32 endemic bird species, plus a host of other Greater Antillean specialities. We accomplish this by thoroughly exploring the island’s variety of habitats, from the evergreen and Pine forests of the Sierra de Bahoruco to the dry forests of the coast.
Finally, we visit Puerto Rico, a rugged and mountainous island containing a wide variety of bird-rich habitats. Host to 17 endemics and numerous Greater Antillean and Caribbean restricted species, Puerto Rico has surprisingly been forgotten amongst its more illustrious neighbours -Jamaica and Hispaniola. While the many endemics and near-endemics are the priority, the island also plays host to several wintering North American passerines. From the capital, San Juan, we will work our way through the major habitats, offering us an excellent chance to see almost all the island’s endemics.
Palmchat, Ridgway’s Hawk, West Indian Whistling Duck, Ashy-faced and Jamaican Owls, Puerto Rico Screech Owl, Ring-tailed, Scaly-naped and Plain Pigeons, Crested Quail-Dove, Least Poorwill, Hispaniolan and Puerto Rican Nightjars, Hispaniolan and Jamaican Amazons, Hispaniolan Parakeet, Hispaniolan Lizard, Puerto Rivan Lizard and Jamaican Lizard Cuckoos, Hispaniolan Trogon, Jamaican, Broad-billed, Puerto Rican and Narrow-billed Todies, Hispaniolan, Puerto Rican and Jamaican Woodpeckers, Antillean Piculet, Hispaniolan Palm and Jamaican Crows, White-necked Crow, Antillean Palm Swift, Hispaniolan, Puerto Rican and Jamaican Orioles, Golden Swallow, Hispaniolan and Lesser Antillean Pewees, La Selle Thrush, Green-throated Carib, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Puerto Rican and Hispaniolan Emeralds, Antillean, Green and Jamaican Mangos, Red-billed and Black-billed Streamertails, Eastern and Western Chat-Tanager, Hispaniolan, Puerto Rican and Jamaican Spindalis, Hispaniolan Crossbill, Antillean Siskin, Orangequit, Jamaican Elaenia, Jamaican Pewee, Jamaican Becard, Blue Mountain and Puerto Rican Vireos, Jamaican and Antillean Euphonias, Jamaican and Yellow-shouldered Blackbirds, Puerto Rican Flycatcher, Elfin Wood and Adelaide's Warblers, Greater Antillean Grackle, Puerto Rican Bullfinch, Puerto Rican Tanager, Loggerhead Kingbird, Shiny Cowbird, Northern Mockingbird.
Evergreen and endemic pine forest, dry forest, botanical gardens, mangroves, shoreline
Hot and humid throughout, cooler in mountains.
7 with 1 Rockjumper Tour leader and local leaders
Fast pace, several long days.
Comfortable to basic, varied cuisines
Great scenery & beaches, friendly people, good food
Good to excellent
"May I say Lev and his team of guides and drivers where excellent in every way, nothing was too much trouble. Their knowledge of the birds and their patience and good humour made this trip memorable. And to top it all I saw all the endemics. Thanks Pete"
We had an excellent time on this tour. Even though I did not see every endemic, it fully met my hopes for the number of birds that I could reasonably expect. The rainy weather impacted our birding at times, but the leaders made some good decisions to adjust our plans in response and to maximize our chances of getting the birds. We really enjoyed birding with Bobby Wilcox. This may have been his first visit to the DR, but he was well prepared, has excellent field skills, a good sense of humor, worked hard to get us on the birds, and shared his knowledge and enthusiasm in general.
We were very excited to be traveling with Forrest again on our 9th tour with Rockjumper! Forrest is an excellent guide and totally lived up to our expectations (again), Forrest's experience in the Dominican Republic was certainly a plus, and with the help of the terrific local guides (and maybe some luck), we were able to get unexpectedly very good looks of some of the more difficult and usually less cooperative species. Thanks for a great trip!
This was my first international birding trip. Despite picking one of the harder places to bird, and a bad case of motion-sickness from the plane and car rides, I greatly enjoyed the experience. The Rockjumper and local guides were knowledgeable and friendly, the food was good, and when the birds showed themselves they were excellent. Our leader, Bobby, said we got some of the best views of some of the birds hes ever got. I would definitely travel with Bobby and Rockjumper again.
The birds cooperated, but Forrest and everyone on the tour worked hard and remarkably all participants on the tour were able to record every endemic species, mostly seen very well. The large bus provided plenty of room and the Wifi on the bus was another surprise!
26 Mar 2025 - 06 Apr 2025 (12 days)
USD9,150 - Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Robert Williams
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