Jamaica

Jamaica has fast become one of the top wildlife destinations in the Caribbean and a perfect tropical getaway.

Sri Lanka without a doubt is one of the most pleasurable Birdwatching and Game viewing destinations in Asia. This Island nation boosts some spectacular scenery, characterised by tea plantations and forest patches, and thankfully is lucky to still have some large protected National parks that are teaming with wildlife. These attractions coupled with an amazing culture and history make Sri Lanka a Wildlife watchers paradise.

Hotspots & Wildlife:
Sinharaja Forest Reserve: Located in the South west of the country, Sinharaja Forest Reserve is the last viable area of primary tropical forest and is considered the most important area for wildlife in the country. More than 60% of the trees are endemic with many of them considered rare. For Birdwatchers this a must visit location, the area is home to 29 of the 33 endemics (87%) that live on the Island, including the incredible Serendib Scops Owl (Otus thilohoffmanni) that was only described to Science in 2004. Because of the geographical location of the reserve, there are both highland and lowland forest meaning that Sinharaja is home to around 282 species out of the 499 (56%) that have been recorded on the Island. Often when birding this humid forest you will come across mixed flocks of birds that could include the endemic Ashy-headed Laughingthrush, Red-faced Malkoha and Crimson-backed Flameback. When visiting the park you have to be accompanied by a local ranger, they often know where to look for some of the more challenging species like the Sri Lanka Thrush and Sri Lanka Frogmouth. Not only are there some great birds but the forest is also home to a large percentage of the Mammals, Butterflies, Odonata and Herps the country has to offer, many of which are also endemic to Sri Lanka.  To see accommodations in Sinharaja Click here<
Yala National Park: is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian Ocean. The park has been split into 5 sections, 2 of which are open to the public. The park covers 979 square km and is 300km from the capital Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka. Yala is best known for its variety of Mammals, and is considered a very important conservation area for Sri Lankan Elephant, Leopard and Sloth Bear. The National park has a variety of ecosystems ranging from Monsoon forest to freshwater and marine wetlands and is one of the 70 important bird areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. The number of Mammals recorded in the park is 44, and Yala is famous for having one of the highest Leopard densities in the World. This park has recorded 215 bird species of which 6 are endemic. Yala is also famous for its waterfowl, with around 90 species having been recorded, half of which are migratory.  To see accommodation near Yala National park Click here<

Nuwara Eliya: is located in the central highlands of the country, covered in lush montane grasslands and cloud forest. At an altitude of 1,800 metres (5,905 feet), it is considered to be the most important area for tea production in Sri Lanka. Because of the different habitat and cooler climate, Nuwara Eliya has a wide range of species that are endemic to this region and can be seen nowhere else in Sri Lanka. For Birdwatchers there are some key species to look for like the Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon and the Dull-blue Flycatcher. The UNESCO Heritage site, Horton Plains National park is one of the popular attractions in the region as thousands of tourists make the trip there every year, the 6 highland endemic species of Bird can all be seen in the park. Horton Plains is also a great area to look for some mammals, the large Sambar deer can often be seen grazing on the lush vegetation. The forests in the park are also home to the endemic Red Slender Loris, one of the most endangered primates in the World. 6 endemic reptiles live in the park, the highlight being the rare Rhino-horned Lizard. Another great area to visit in Nuwara Eliya is Victoria Park, this is one of the country’s most attractive and best maintained town parks. A stroll around the park could produce a number of the highland speciality Birds like Kashmir Flycatcher, Pied Thrush and the elusive Indian Pitta. To see accommodation around Nuwara Eliya Click here<

 

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  • Species – 323

  • Endemics – 28

Arrowhead Warbler

 

Jamaican Tody (Endemic)
Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo (Endemic)
Jamaican Owl (Endemic)
Crested Quail-Dove (Endemic)
Ring-tailed Pigeon (Endemic)
Black-billed Streamertail (Endemic)
Red-billed Streamertail (Endemic)
Jamaican Mango (Endemic)
Black-billed Parrot (Endemic)
Yellow-billed Parrot (Endemic)
Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo (Endemic)
Jamaican Woodpecker (Endemic)
Jamaican Becard (Endemic)
Jamaican Elaenia (Endemic)
Jamaican Pewee (Endemic)
Rufous-tailed Flycatcher (Endemic)
Sad Flycatcher (Endemic)
White-chinned Thrush (Endemic)

Arrowhead Warbler (Endemic)
White-eyed Thrush (Endemic)
Jamaican Crow (Endemic)
Blue Mountain Vireo (Endemic)
Jamaican Vireo (Endemic)
Jamaican Euphonia (Endemic)
Jamaican Spindalis (Endemic)
Orangequit (Endemic)
Yellow-shouldered Grassquit (Endemic)
Jamaican Blackbird (Endemic)
White-crowned Pigeon
Vervain Hummingbird
Blue-headed Quail-Dove
Bahama Mockingbird
Jamaican Oriole
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Cape May Warbler
Greater Antillean Bullfinch

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  • Reptile Species – 
  • Endemics – 29
  • Amphibian Species – 
  • Endemics – 21

Sri Lankan Green Pit Viper

 

American Crocodile
Jamaican Giant Anole (Endemic)
Jamaican Peak Frog (Endemic)
Jamaican Iguana (Endemic)
Jamaican Boa (Endemic)
Jamaican Rumpspot Frog (Endemic)
Portland Ridge Frog (Endemic)
Jamaican Giant Gecko (Endemic)
Jamaican Racer (Endemic)
Cockpit Eyespot Dwarf Gecko (Endemic)
Jamaican Forest Frog (Endemic)
Blue Mountain Rock Frog (Endemic)
Jamaican Snoring Tree Frog (Endemic)
Jamaican Ameiva (Endemic)
Jamaican Red Racerlet (Endemic)
Leaf Mimic Frog (Endemic)
Jamaican Twig Anole (Endemic)
Rock Pocket Frog (Endemic)

Small-eyed Galliwasp (Endemic)
John Crow Yellow-bellied Frog (Endemic)
Jamaican Skink (Endemic)
Green Bromeliad Tree Frog (Endemic)
Jamaican Stream Frog (Endemic)
Jamaican Blindsnake (Endemic)
Jamaican Sharpnosed Dwarf Gecko (Endemic)
Cockpit Frog (Endemic)
Jamaican Black Racerlet (Endemic)
Jamaican Masked Frog (Endemic)
Bluefields Anole (Endemic)
Jamaican Curlytail (Endemic)
Portland Ridge Frog (Endemic)
Jamaican Gray Anole (Endemic)
Blue-tailed Galliwasp (Endemic)
Jamaican Long-tailed Racerlet (Endemic)
Jamaican Laughing Tree Frog (Endemic)
Jamaican Cave Frog (Endemic)

Common Tiger 
 
  • Species – 120+

Common Tiger

 

Gold Rim Swallowtail
Lime Swallowtail
Yellow-angled Sulphur
Bahamian Swallowtail
Little Sulphur
Jamaican Albatross
Cassius Blue
Julia Butterfly
Variegated Fritillary
Zebra Heliconia Longwing
Tropical Fritillary
Jamaican White Peacock
Jamaican Mestra
Cuban Crescentspot
Tropical Buckeye
Mangrove Buckeye
American Painted Lady
Jamaican Tropical Leafwing

Mercurial Skipper
Tropical Checkered Skipper
Common Long-tailed Skipper
Butler’s Branded Skipper
Schaus’s Skipper
Branded Skipper
Antillean Malachite
Gulf Fritillary
Mimosa Yellow
Proterpia Orange
Prickly Ash Swallowtail
Red Admiral
Jamaican Kite (Endemic)
Homerus Swallowtail (Endemic)
Thersites Swallowtail (Endemic)
Papilio melonius
Danaus cleophile
Astraptes talus

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