Jamaica Birding Tours
Among all the Greater Antilles Jamaica offers the best birding you can expect in seven days. No other island can offer you the remarkable amount of 29 endemic species, 19 endemic subspecies, and 18 Caribbean specialists in such a short time and without great effort. This makes the island one of the greatest destinations in the West Indies. Jamaica conjures up visions of beautiful beaches, all-inclusive holiday resorts, Bob Marley, Rastafarian culture, the world-famous Jamaica Blue Mountains coffee, and the earliest James Bond movies.
However, only few birders know that there exists a real bond between the history of avian studies in Jamaica and the Caribbean region and the fictional 007, the legendary British spy James Bond. The real James Bond (1900-1989), after whom the fictional spy was named, was an American ornithologist who conducted a series of ornithological expeditions in South and Central America and spent large periods in Jamaica during the second decade of the 20th century. As a result he published the first-ever field guide of the region, Birds of the West Indies, first published in 1936. The English writer Ian Fleming, a keen bird watcher living in Jamaica and familiar with Bond’s book, chose the name of its author for the hero of his first novel, Casino Royal, in 1953 – and the rest is history.