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.
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.Learn More
The Aquila nipalensis, commonly known as the steppe eagle, is the national bird of Eqypt. This eagle breeds in eastern Europe and central Asia, and spends winter in Africa and India. The steppe eagle is part of the family Accipitridae.Full Answer >
Cuba is the largest island in the West Indies, better known as the Caribbean. The West Indies comprise the island groups of the Bahamas, Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles. Cuba, part of the Greater Antilles, comprises a total area over 42,000 square miles, slightly smaller than the state of Pennsylvania.Full Answer >
The islands that make up the West Indies are as follows: Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic),and Puerto Rico, known collectively as the Greater Antilles; and the Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, and Grenada, the Lesser Antilles. These are the two main geographical regions that make up the West Indies.Full Answer >
Typical dress in Puerto Rico, known as "vestuario tipico," represents a rich and varied cultural history. That cultural history includes the indigenous "Taino" culture as well as later Spanish, Caribbean and African influences.Full Answer >