The lush, forested Centre Hills is renowned for its biological diversity and is home to the thirty-four (34) species of resident land birds and migrant songbirds that inhabit the island. Birdwatchers will delight in a chance to spot Montserrat's rare national bird, the endemic Montserrat Oriole. If your guide is one of the experienced forest rangers, he may imitate its call and signal to you when it is in sight. You may also be able to see the Forest Thrush, the shy Bridled-Quail Dove, the Mangrove Cuckoo, the Trembler and the Purple-Throated Carib.
At the Montserrat National Trust (MNT) you can get a handy plastic card showing all the birds of Montserrat. The Royal Society designed the card for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and they are also spearheading the project to study and protect the Oriole. A Nature Trails Map is available for sale at the Montserrat Tourist Board or Montserrat National Trust Offices for a price of EC$10. A comprehensive Guide to the flora and fauna of the Centre Hills of Montserrat is also available for sale at these two institutions for a price of EC$30 (US$11).
Birding guides are available through the Montserrat National Trust and can be hired by request and the costs are as follows: