Mark Pretti Nature Tours, L.L.C.

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Jamaica’s bird list is a bit unusual in that while over 300 species have been recorded for the island, many of these are, not surprisingly for an island, rare vagrants.  When one counts only residents, summer breeders, and regular wintering and transient birds (i.e. the birds you’d realistically expect to see within a year), the list is about 170 species.  Jamaica does, however, have an impressive 28 endemics (more than Cuba) and another 17 endemic subspecies.   Among the 110+ species of birds seen in Jamaica on past trips are the following.  As usual, some are common, some less common, and some fairly rare.

West Indian Whistling-Duck

Blue-winged Teal                               

Northern Shoveler                             

Masked Duck                                     

Ruddy Duck                                                  

Pied-billed Grebe                               

Least Grebe                                                    

White-tailed Tropicbird                                 

Magnificent Frigatebird                                 

Brown Pelican                                                

Great Blue Heron       

Great Egret                

Snowy Egret                          

Little Blue Heron                   

Tricolored Heron        

Reddish Egret                        

Cattle Egret                            

Green Heron                          

Black-crowned Night-heron                       

White Ibis                              

Glossy Ibis                                                     


Red-tailed Hawk                                              


Purple Gallinule         

Common Gallinule     

American Coot           

Caribbean Coot                                              


Wilson's Plover    

Semipalmated Plover                                      


Black-necked Stilt                                          

Spotted Sandpiper                                        

Greater Yellowlegs                

Lesser Yellowlegs

Ruddy Turnstone                  


Northern Jacana                                             

Laughing Gull                        

Royal Tern                                                     

White-crowned Pigeon          

Zenaida Dove

Mourning Dove          

Common Ground-Dove

Caribbean Dove

Crested Quail-Dove

Ruddy Quail-Dove                                        

Mangrove Cuckoo                 

Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo

Jamaican Lizard-Cuckoo

Smooth-billed Ani                                         

Jamaican Owl 

Northern Potoo

Antillean Nighthawk 

Black Swift  

White-collared Swift 

Antillean Palm-Swift                                     

Jamaican Mango  

Red-billed Streamertail  


Black-billed Streamertail

Vervain Hummingbird

Jamaican Tody

Belted Kingfisher                                          

Jamaican Woodpecker

American Kestrel  

Green-rumped Parrotlet                                            

Olive-throated Parakeet

Yellow-billed Parrot

Black-billed Parrot

Jamaican Elaenia

Greater Antillean Elaenia

Jamaican Pewee

Sad Flycatcher

Rufous-tailed Flycatcher

Stolid Flycatcher

Gray Kingbird            

Loggerhead Kingbird

Jamaican Becard

Jamaican Vireo

Blue Mountain Vireo

Black-whiskered Vireo                      

Jamaican Crow      

Cave Swallow

Barn Swallow                                             

Rufous-throated Solitaire

White-eyed Thrush

White-chinned Thrush

Gray Catbird              

Northern Mockingbird                       

Bahama Mockingbird                                    


Worm-eating Warbler        

Northern Waterthrush

Black-and-white Warbler       

Common Yellowthroat          

Arrowhead Warbler

American Redstart      

Northern Parula          

Yellow (Golden) Warbler      

Black-throated Blue Warbler 

Palm Warbler 

Yellow-throated Warbler                   

Prairie Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler                       


Jamaican Spindalis

Yellow-faced Grassquit                     

Black-faced Grassquit           

Yellow-shouldered Grassquit 

Greater Antillean Bullfinch


Jamaican Blackbird

Greater Antillean Grackle

Shiny Cowbird

Jamaican Oriole

Jamaican Euphonia

Scaly-breasted Munia (Nutmeg Manakin)

Black-headed Munia


Last updated: April 11, 2015.