EXCLUSIVE: Know unknown facts of Sisserou Parrot- National Bird of Dominica

The National Bird of Dominica- The Sisserou Parrot (Amazona Imperialis) is a featuring creature of the National Emblems Week 2023

Sisserou Parrot- National Bird of Dominica
Sisserou Parrot- National Bird of Dominica

Roseau, Dominica: The National Bird of Dominica- The Sisserou Parrot (Amazona Imperialis) is a featuring creature of the National Emblems Week 2023. Sisserou is the original Kalinago name for this, the largest of the Amazona parrots.

It is endemic to Dominica, being found nowhere else in the world. It is an ancient remnant of a species of parrot once found in South America that came to Dominica thousands of years ago. 

Locked into its island habitat, it remained the same while the original species on mainland South America changed by natural selection. It is, therefore, a perfect example of Charles Darwin’s findings on the evolution of species. 

Dominica is the only island in the Lesser Antilles that still has two surviving Amazona parrots, the Sisserou and the Jacko or Red Necked Parrot (Amazona aurasiaca). The indigenous people tamed some of these birds and their feathers were also used to decorate their bodies.

For much of the 20th century the Sisserou was threatened by hunting and loss of habitat due to the forests being cleared for agriculture. Since being declared the National bird, protective legislation and education programmes have been initiated to ensure its survival.

 Its image appears on the flag and the coat of arms, and national postage stamps. The Dominica State College has it on its crest. More popularly, it has given its name to a wide range of products as well as being adopted by a singing group and a former hotel.

 It appears on T-shirts and a wide range of tourist souvenirs. In January 2000, a national park was established around the highest mountain, Morne Diablotin. The Morne Diablotin National Park protects watersheds and thousands of species of plants and animals, but perhaps, most particularly, it protects the main habitat of the national bird.

Dominica- Nature Isle of the Caribbean

Dominica is known as the Nature Isle of the Caribbean due to its enormous attractions, including lush green rainforests, the world’s second-largest boiling lake and freshwater lake, and stunning landscapes. 

The country is the true treasure of natural resources with its great beaches, waterfalls and other hotspots. 

Waterfalls

Trafalgar Falls of Dominica is the key attraction of the waterfall. It offers exceptional scenic views and rejuvenates the body and soul. The pristine water and shrouded environment allow travellers to enhance their travel experience in the Nature Isle of the Caribbean.  

Freshwater Lake

Another natural reserve of Dominica is Freshwater Lake, which offers a unique essence of beauty and a tranquil environment. The peace and sound waves of the rainforests provide an authentic and vibrant realm of nature.