What Is the Name of the National Bird of Jamaica?


Quick Answer

The national bird of Jamaica is the doctor bird, also known as the swallow tail hummingbird. The bird is emerald green and black, and it's able to fly backwards, creating the humming sound that hummingbirds are known for.

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One of the distinctive characteristics of the doctor bird is its tail. The male doctor bird has two long tails, which stream behind him as he flies. There are many different theories about why this bird is called the doctor bird, including a theory that the black markings on the bird make it look like it is wearing a doctor's top hat and coat and a theory that its long bill looks like a syringe.

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