Jamaica a Birdwatchers Paradise
Jamaica has more endemic bird species than any other Caribbean island. There are about 2,000 resident species of which 28 species and 21 subspecies are found nowhere else. The national bird, the red-billed Streamertail Hummingbird (Trochilus Polytmus), is one such endemic species. Affectionately called the Doctor Bird or Swallow Tail Hummingbird. Its image is a widely used national symbol. While you can see many of the island’s birds fluttering in the average garden, a much wider collection can be seen at the Hope Zoo. Among these birds are the endemic yellow and black-billed parrots. Birding enthusiasts can take advantage of guided bird-watching tours which are available in several locations across the island. The Rocklands Feeding Station just outside Montego Bay, St. James, is one such location.