The Jamaican National Bird
The national bird of Jamaica, the Jamaica Hummingbird also called the doctor bird or swallow tail hummingbird, is one of the most outstanding of the 320 species of hummingbirds.
The origin of the name ‘Doctor-bird’ is somewhat unsettled. It has been said that the name was given because the erect black crest and tails resemble the top hat and long tail coats doctors used to wear in the old days.
These bird’s beautiful feathers have no counterpart in the entire bird population and they produce iridescent colours characteristic only of that family.
In addition to these beautiful feathers, the mature male has two long tails which stream behind him when he flies.