Bahamas tourism is to promote bird watching as one of the island’s main attractions.

With 26 national parks, covering some 700,000 acres of protected marine and land area, the Bahamas, one of the first countries to initiate a Sustainable Tourism Unit, is to launch the project as part of the bird tourism development plan, initiated in 2011, and with the help of Small Plant Consulting.

The Bahamas is home to 340 bird species, including 110 species that breed in the country and some 170 species of migrant birds that visit the nation during different seasons.

The country also boasts some 50 rare ‘vagrant species’ and 28 species not seen in the U.S., Canada or Europe.