Tag #10940 - One Love Hummingbird
Created November 23, 2009
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This tag is in honor of our 5th wedding anniversary
.The Red-Billed Streamertail hummingbird, also known as the Doctor Bird, can only be found in Jamaica (where we got married!) and is the National Bird of Jamaica. It is the most abundant of the hummingbird family on the island. There are
many stories that explain the naming of the Doctor Bird. One states that
it is called doctor because the long tail (of the adult male) resembles
the long black tail coats doctors were known to wear in the past. Another
explains that it is called doctor because it gives medicine to the plants
when it lances the flowers with its long bill. Yet another explains that
is because it is associated with tobacco, a ritual plant also used as
medicine by Taino shamans (medicine men). Well, when we got married in Jamaica, we were given a temporary certificate as our proof. It was about 6 weeks after we returned when I received our official marriage certificate in the mail. I was thrilled to see that the certificate had a beautiful colored image of the Doctor Bird, with it's streamers flowing down the side!!If you visit the bird sanctuary in Montego Bay, you may be lucky enough to have a Doctor Bird perch on your finger! One Love
One love refers to the universal love and respect expressed by all people for all people, regardless of race, creed, or color.
I think Jamie and Jessica (J&J Designs) did a heck of a job!
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