There are over 200 species of birds in Jamaica and one of the most lovely is their national bird, a humming bird, which is called the Doctor Bird or the swallow tail bird. It can be seen many places throughout the island. The male is the one with the swallow tale.The name doctor bird came either from the dark coloring and long tails which resembled the tailed-coat and hat of a doctor or from the way the bill lances the flowers for the nectar. The original Indians (Arawak), that lived before African slaves came, feared this bird as they thought it carried the soul of dead relatives. It was amazing to watch this bird fly forwards and then backwards as its feathers glistened.
An interesting fact that I learned while traveling there was that Ian Fleming (of James Bond fame) got the name for his main character from the ornithologist James Bond who authored the book "Birds of the West Indies."