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Rockland Bird Sanctuary

Nature has bestowed her bounty on the island of Jamaica; being located in the tropics she is a most suitable habitat for some of the world’s most astounding air bound creatures. Birds are one of nature’s wonders that can be found on the beautiful island, and even the most unsuspecting person cannot resist the splendor displayed by a bird; especially one that is in flight.

The Rockland Bird Sanctuary is a haven for some of the island’s flyers; located in Montego Bay, it is one of the best kept secrets of Jamaica. Imagine sharing space with an array of birds of various types, shapes and colors and sizes; it is most definitely a sight to behold. The Rockland Bird Sanctuary is unique in its very nature and characteristics offering a type of bird interaction that is hard to find at other Sanctuaries. Situated just about 20 minutes outside of Montego Bay in a small community called Anchovy, this attraction is a gem and is a favorite of many persons; a great treat for bird enthusiasts or even for people with just mild interest in the activity of bird interaction.

One’s experience at the Rockland Bird Sanctuary promises to be an unforgettable moment; having the matchless opportunity of hand feeding humming birds that live in the wild will have you reliving the moment even after it has ended. Humming Birds are a species of air creatures that live in the wild. There are about 320 species of hummingbirds throughout the world. The Trochilus Polytmus or commonly called the Doctor Bird or Swallow Tail Humming Birds are only found in Jamaica. This beautifully clad creature, being as rare as it is, is matter-of-fact the country’s National Bird appearing on most things significant to Jamaica and its culture. The uniqueness of these birds is astounding; their beautiful feathers have no counterpart in the entire bird population of birds, and they produce dazzling colors characteristic only of that family.

To experience an interaction with birds in the wild, the Rockland Bird Sanctuary is the perfect place as it is a natural habitat for many other tropical birds, and offers the opportunity for bird watching and feeding. Visiting this sanctuary gives you a real sense of birds’ nature and splendor as well as the opportunity to freeze the moment in time with captivating photographs.


A person may be willing to attest that they have gotten close to birds at some point in their lives, and even close enough to touch them. Actually, often times when humans and birds share a physical space and relate it is through caging and training. Having a bird as a pet at home may be a common practice and makes them part of a family, but in actuality, the bird would have been robbed of their natural habitats and tendencies.


Seeing birds fly from a distance; looking at them in pictures, or on a computer are some ways to experience birds. However, it is quite a different thing to see them up close and personal. It is divine to have them perch on your finger and have a drink from a bottle. One has to see them up close to truly appreciate the subtle difference in the colors of their plumage as they glitter in front of your own very eyes. While there are many things to do while traveling in Jamaica, a visit to Montego Bay must include a trip to the Rockland Bird Sanctuary; it is absolutely paramount that you give some consideration to this unique attraction. It is great experience for the entire family and will create memories that will last a lifetime. The site is easily accessible to the less mobile folks. Both cruise and stop-over visitors can enjoy this attraction, you will be happy you did.

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