Hummingbird (Doctor Bird -Jamaica's National Bird)
The "Doctor Bird" lives only in Jamaica and is one of the
most outstanding of all the species of Humming Birds. Also abundant
are parrots, cuckoos, and green
There are nine species of snakes known in Jamaica; all of them are
non-poisonous. The largest is the Jamaican
boa, or Yellow Snake. Also abundant are bats, mongooses, frogs,
lizards, and crocodiles.
The Hellshire Hills provide the last known habitat for the
rediscovered (1990) Jamaican Iguana.
island of Jamaica consist of mountains inland to beautiful
beaches on the coast. In the east is the most rugged area and the
highest elevations. The Blue Mountains rise to 7,402 feet at Blue
Mountain Peak, the island's highest point.
National Flower Lignum
A beautiful blue flower whose wood is used for propeller shaft bearings.
National Fruit, the Ackee
Three thousand species of plants grow on the Jamaican island, and 27
percent of them are found nowhere else on Earth. Agriculture
products: sugarcane, bananas, coffee,
citrus, potatoes, vegetables; poultry, goats, milk.
The Coconut Palm is not native to Jamaica. Nor are sugar cane,
bananas, mangoes, breadfruit or bamboo. They were all brought to the
island at various stages in its history. The original Arawak inhabitants lived mainly on corn, fish and yams.