Over the 2019 hunting season 4 bird counts were conducted with indigenous hunters. All counts took place between 6 and 7 am and lasted 10 minutes. Below is a selection of the species that are either endemic to Jamaica or restricted to the Greater Antilles. All counts took place in the forest core by a ridge that formed an aerial corridor for many of the larger-bodied species (particularly pigeons and parrots). A traditional hunting ground for the hunters, the high ground enabled a wide scope over the valley and allowed us to identify a number of flocks. But more counts are needed. A systematic survey comprised of point counts within a sampled grid can help to more effectively determine species presence, abundance and distribution. Below is an indication of the low numbers of black-billed parrots compared to its congener, the yellow-billed parrot.
Maroons in Accompong, have observed large flocks of black-billed parrots in October and November. The occurrence of black-billed parrots are becoming increasingly unpredictable and fluctuate more wildly each year. Much of this, we believe is to do with changing environmental conditions, which includes periods of droughts that are occurring both in the dry and (now) the rainy season. In a climate like Cockpit Country, a wet tropical forest, the amount of rain observed this year is not even a third of what is expected. To see this year's rainfall data, click here
IUCN Red List criteria: A4c
Data availability: suspected