Jamaica’s national bird. the “Doctor Bird”or “Swallow-Tail Hummingbird is indigenous to Jamaica, where it is the most abundant and widespread member of the hummingbird family. The Doctor Bird has been immortalized in Jamaican folklore and song. The origin of the name Doctor Bird is somewhat unsettled because one version says the name was given because the erect black crest and tails resemble the top hat and long tailcoats doctors used to wear in the old days. The other version believes it refers to the way the birds lance the flowers with their bills to extract nectar. According to Frederic Cassidy, the bird is an object of superstition by the Arawaks (the first recorded inhabitants of the island) spread the belief that the bird had magical powers. They called it the ‘God Bird,’ believing it was the reincarnation of dead souls. The Doctor Bird is one of the most outstanding of the 320 species of Hummingbirds. The beautiful feathers of these birds have no counterpart in the entire bird world population and produce iridescent colors characteristic only of that family.