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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jamaica Bird Watching Attractions

Jamaica Hummingbird Garden
Mystic Mountain has flying jewels! Not the gem stone variety but beautiful, live color-laden gems – hummingbirds! And did you know the hummingbird is the national bird of Jamaica?

It’s no wonder that the purpose-built and specially designed hummingbird garden at Mystic Mountain Rainforest Adventures in Ocho Rios is an ideal bird watching attraction in Jamaica and a great place to take the time to view this speedy bird.

Things to do in Jamaica: Hummingbird Lessons!

1. Learn the difference between a Steamertail and a Vervain

Mystic Mountain Rainforest Adventures is home to the Jamaica Hummingbird Garden… and of the hummingbirds – at least three of cannot be found outside of Jamaica – including the Western Streamertail, Jamaica’s national bird. Endemic to Western Jamaica, this bold yellow-green and black feathered hummingbird is also known as the ‘Doctor Bird’ because the piercing motion it uses to eat nectar from flowers resembles the motion a doctor uses to give an injection.

Male Red-billed Streamertail Hummingbird
A male Streamertail Hummingbird
Also found at Mystic Mountain are Vervain Hummingbirds, also known as ‘Little Doctor Bird’, which is the second smallest bird in the world at approximately 2.5 inches in total length; and the Jamaican Mango, a shimmering black-feathered hummingbird.

Vervain Hummingbird
Vervain Hummingbird

2. Learn why a passion flower vine is a hummingbird buffet

The gardeners at Mystic Mountain specifically designed the Hummingbird Garden, incorporating plants known to attract and provide nectar for hummingbirds, creating a unique and fun experience in one of the best Jamaica attractions. You can see an unprecedented number and variety of hummingbirds in one place.

When at the park, watch for the interpretive signs that explain the history of hummingbirds and look for hummingbird-attracting plants like the fast-growing passion flower vine, with gorgeous purple blooms just the right size and shape for pollination by hummingbirds; the cigar plant, an evergreen shrub that produces small, tubular, bright red to orange flowers a favorite color of hummingbirds; and the pepper hibiscus, a tree-like plant with red flowers that do not open fully, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.

And better yet, entry to the Hummingbird Garden is included in the admission price to Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios, Jamaica!

Have fun learning! For more information, visit us at RainforestAdventure.com

Annika Bratt,
V.P. Sales and Marketing

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