Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Prince of the Mountain

“Prince of the Mountain”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

This summer, an immature red-billed streamertail hummingbird thought he was king of the mountain in Jamaica, but he is only a prince. Once he is full grown, maybe he can be king. 

This stunning black and green little gem can only be found in Jamaica and is their national bird. His tail is short and has not fully grown to the adult’s length of 6-7 inches, and he is missing quite a few iridescent feathers on his chest because he is molting.

They have the longest tail feathers of any hummingbird. The locals call them the “Doctor Bird” because their long tail and black crest resemble the doctors of ole.

If you would like to hear their beautiful song that I recorded three years ago, you can find it on my YouTube page—Judy Royal Glenn or click here. 

Location: Ochos Rios, Jamaica

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