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Keel-billed Toucan Ramphastos sulfuratus ©Gábor Orbán Website

Birding Belize

Belize, formerly British Honduras, is the only English-speaking country in Central America. With a land area about the size of Wales, or the state of Massachusetts, and a population of barely 300,000 it is also one of the least populated areas in the region. All of which is pretty good news for the birds and other animals of Belize and even better news for the increasing number of birders who are discovering the natural riches of Belize.

A large proportion (about 40%) of the land enjoys some form of protected status which is not to say that there are not pressures on the environment from farming, logging and occasional tropical storms. The jaguar population of Belize is the largest anywhere as a result of legislation to protect the animal and the land. Belize is also home to the second largest barrier reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef, with the reef extending from Ambergris Caye in the north down to the Sapodilla Cayes off the coast of Toledo.

The country includes a diverse range of landscapes and habitats from the coral reefs and cayes off the Caribbean coast, through the swamps, lagoons and pine savanna grasslands of the coastal plains to the broadleaf forests of the south and west and the plateau highlands in Cayo district which contain a mix of pine, oak and broadleaf forest. Each habitat contains its own distinctive species with Belize as a whole being home to around 600 bird species.

Being just 160 miles from north to south and no more than 70 miles from east to west nowhere in Belize is more than a five hour drive from the international airport in Belize City and the cayes and the coastal towns of Dangriga, Placencia and Punta Gorda are well served by the two domestic airlines. Most birding tours to Belize will stay at several different resorts and lodges to cover as many habitats as possible during the visit.

Birding highlights in the west of Belize, in what is known as the Mountain Pine Ridge, include the Stygian Owl, the rare Orange-Breasted Falcon and King Vulture Falls on the Hidden Valley estate where dozens of these creatures roost each night. Mayan archaeological sites can be good places to find birds and birdwatchers will often go to Caracol south of San Ignacio for the Keel-Billed Motmot which is also resident further south in Toledo close to the Guatemalan border.

Also in Toledo the Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary consists of almost 6000 acres around three large lagoons which are home to breeding colonies of American Woodstork and Boat-Billed Herons as well as five species of kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck and many others. North of Belize City Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary comprises six lagoons in 16,000 acres with about 260 recorded species. Crooked Tree is run by the Belize Audubon Society.

In the north west of Belize the Rio Bravo Conservation Area (250,000 acres) is managed by the non-profit organization Programme for Belize with regular sightings of jaguar and flocks of keel-billed toucan this is a genuine sanctuary where hundreds of species flourish. Equally dramatic is the 130,000 acre Gallon jug Estate just south of Rio Bravo and in Stann Creek district the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve is another great birding location. Just a few miles further south at Red Bank village flocks of Scarlet Macaw spend the first three months of each year feeding on the Annatto (Bixa orellana) shrub whose seeds surrounded by orange-red pulp colour their magnificent tail-feathers.

Most birders are also nature lovers and besides the avifauna Belize has innumerable butterfly and moth species, insects, animals, orchids and bromeliads. It is a natural history adventure you will never forget.

Contributor

Rob Hirons

The Lodge at Big Falls, Punta Gorda, Toledo, Belize

rob@thelodgeatbigfalls.com

http://www.thelodgeatbigfalls.com

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 603

National Bird: Keel-billed Toucan Ramphastos sulfuratus

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Useful Reading

101 Birds of Belize

By Carolyn M Miller & Fernando Zavala | Produccicones de la Hamaca | 2009 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9789768142191

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A Birder's Guide to Belize

By Bert Frenz | ABA | 2013 | Paperback | 384 Pages |

ISBN: 9781878788450

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A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas: Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador

by Ernest Preston Edwards and Edward Murrell Butler | University of Texas Press | 1998 | Paperback | 209 pages, 51 col plates, 1 map |

ISBN: 0292720912

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Belize Field Guides: Birds

by Robert Dean | Rainforest Publications | 2002 | Unbound | 2 pages, colour illustrations |

ISBN: 1888538309

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Belize: Birds

By Robert Dean & Mark Wainwright | Rainforest Publications | 2009 | Unbound | 14 pages, colour illustrations, 1 colour map |

ISBN: 9781888538564

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Birds of Belize

by H. Lee Jones & Dana Gardner | Christopher Helm | 2004 | Paperback | 317 pages, 56 colour plates, 28 b/w illustrations, 234 maps |

ISBN: 0713667605

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

by Jesse Fagan, Oliver Komar, Robert Dean & Peter Burke | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 2016 | Paperback | 438 pages, 189 plates with colour illustrations; colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9780544373266

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Useful Information

Travel to Belize

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Organisations

Belie Bird Conservancy

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We conserve birds in their habitats across Belize through on-the-ground scientific research, education, advocacy, and collaborations.

Belize Audubon Society

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Belize Audubon Society, P0 Box 1001, 12 Fort Street, Belize City. +501 2 35004; base@btl.net
Belize is a small Central American / Caribbean nation bordered on the North by Mexico, the East and South by Guatemala, and the West by the Caribbean Sea. Belize`s landscape mixes mountains, savannas and coastal lagoons. Offshore lies one of the longest barrier reefs in the world. Belize, for its size, is unique in the number of different habitats and species within its borders. We at the Belize Audubon Society tend to deal with a little more than just birds. We are a team of conservationists, aiming to preserve Belize`s wildlife and natural resources by taking all aspects of our natural heritage into consideration.

Belize Bird Rescue

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Founded in 2004, Belize Bird Rescue (NGO) operates under license and support from the Government of Belize Forest Department, and is Belize's only multi-species avian rescue and rehabilitation centre. Belize Bird Rescue is situated on a privately owned 50 acre reserve. More than half of the land directly supports the avian rehabilitation and the remainder is a wildlife sanctuary bordered by 100 acres of dense forest.

Protected Areas Conservation Trust

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PACT was established in 1996 as a statutory body after several years of consultation and meetings with various non-government organizations, government departments, private sector and international conservation organisations…

Reserves

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BR The Halfmoon Rookery

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The island has been protected since 1928 when it became a Crown Reserve…

CMA Rio Bravo

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The Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area is an innovative forest conservation project. Three hundred thousand acres of subtropical moist forest are being managed to maintain the healthy forests and its abundant wildlife. Other goals include the production of commercial scale hardwood lumber, chicle, and other forest products on a sustainable basis. Forest and archaeological research as well as tourism are other uses of the area…

CMA Shipstern

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The Shipstern Nature Reserve is the only protected area in Belize which encompasses seasonal northern hardwood forest, saline lagoon systems and mangrove shoreline…

FR Caye Caulker

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Caye Caulker is a small limestone coral island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea measuring about 5 miles (8.0 km) (north to south) by less than 1 mile (1.6 km) (east to west). The island is basically a sand bar over a limestone shelf. An underwater cave named Giant Cave is found below the Caye in the limestone. In front of the village, a shallow lagoon, between 6 inches (150 mm) and 14 feet (4.3 m) deep, meets the Belize Barrier Reef to the east.

FR Chiquibul

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The Chiquibul Forest reserve (CFR) lies within Belize's Greater Mayan Mountains. The Forest Reserve lies adjacent to the Belize-Guatemalan border and as such had been the focus of illegal harvesting of Xate by Guatemalan Xateros. The Chiquibul forest reserve consists of 59,822 hectares. The Chiquibul Forest Reserve is bordered to the southwest, east, and south by the Chiquibul National Park, on the northwest edge by the Caracol Archaeological Reserve (CAR), and on the north side by the Mountain Pine Ridge. The Chiquibul Forest Reserve along with the Chiquibul Park and the Caracol Archeological Reserve compose the Chiquibul Forest.

FR Mountain Pine Ridge

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The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is a huge 300-square-mile area that features Caribbean Pine and bracken ferns instead of the typical tropical forests and lianas which cover most of the rest of Belize…

MR Glover's Reef

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Glover's Reef is a partially submerged atoll located off the southern coast of Belize, approximately 45 kilometres from the mainland.[1] It forms part of the outermost boundary of the Belize Barrier Reef, and is one of its three atolls, besides Turneffe Atoll and Lighthouse Reef. The Wildlife Conservation Society operates the Glover's Reef Research Station on Middle Cay. It was opened in 1997 for the purpose of promoting and facilitating long-term conservation and management of the wider Belize Barrier Reef complex. Since its opening, the station has hosted more than 200 scientific and research expeditions

National Parks in Belize

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In Belize, national parks are areas designed for the protection and preservation of natural and aesthetic features of national significance for the benefit and enjoyment of the people. Therefore, they are areas of recreation and tourism, as well as environmental protection. National parks are gazetted under the National Parks System Act of 1981. They are administered by the Forest Department and managed through partnership agreements with community-based non-governmental organisations.

NP Bacalar Chico

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Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve (BCNPMR) is a protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site on the northern part of Ambergris Caye in Belize.

NP Chiquibul

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Chiquibul National Park is Belize's largest national park.[1] It is 1,073 km2 (414 sq mi) in size.[2] The park is located in Belize's Cayo District. The national park surrounds Caracol,[3] a Mayan city.[4] Caracol has been designated as an archaeological reserve and is not included within the park's total area

NP Five Blues Lake

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Almost 200 species of bird have been recorded here, including various water birds, among them the Sungrebe…

NP Guanacaste

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Guanacaste National Park is the name of a fifty acre parcel of tropical forest located on the northside of the Western Highway just to the east of the Roaring Creek Bridge…

NP Laughing Bird Caye

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Laughing Bird Caye is an island off the coast of Placencia, Belize. On 21 December 1991, Laughing Bird Caye National Park was declared. It is spread over an area of 1.8 acres (0.73 ha). The national park is named after the laughing gull which breeds there.

NP Mayflower Bocawina

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Since its establishment as a National Park an estimated 238 species of birds has been identified. Some species include the motmot, parrot, toucan, great green macaws. Other than birds there is also wildlife present such as anteater, howler monkey, jaguars, and tapirs.

NP Payne's Creek

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This national park, which stretches along the lower reaches of the Monkey River, was previously disturbed by banana farming and slash-and-burn agricultural practices; however, in 2007 a verdant broadleaf secondary forest provides habitat for a diverse tropical flora and fauna.

NP Sarstoon-Temash

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The park covers approximately 41,898 acres of broadleaf, wetland and mangrove forest. It was designated a wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention (2005).

NP St. Herman's Blue Hole

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The park has over 200 species of birds, including unusual tropical species such as the slaty antwren, piratic flycatcher and red-legged honeycreeper. Species considered local specialties are tody motmot and northern nightingale-wren. The ocelot, jaguarundi, and jaguar have all been recorded.

NR Bladen

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Bladen Nature Reserve is a landscape of caves, sinkholes, pristine streams and rivers, undisturbed old growth rainforest and an abundance of highly diverse flora and fauna which includes a great deal of rare and endemic species. This large expanse of primarily forested uplands and valleys is essential for the survival of species such as the scarlet macaw, white-lipped peccary and harpy eagle, which need large contiguous forest stretches in order to maintain viable populations. 93 species of mammal, 337 species of birds and 92 herptiles are considered confirmed for Bladen.

NR Burdon Canal

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The Burdon Canal Nature Reserve in Belize is a low-lying basin, comprising the backswamps of the Belize River/Haulover Creek delta. It is permanently waterlogged, with a gradient of saline to fresh water arising from regular tidal inundation at the seaward fringe and freshwater flooding from inland. Overall, about 50 birds were recorded.

NR Golden Stream Corridor Preserve

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Golden Stream's conservation value transcends its intrinsic importance as a haven of biodiversity. Our intervention not only saved the land from conversion to citrus plantations, but also safeguarded the core area of the Port Honduras marine reserve into which the Golden Stream flows. The area also provides a crucial geographical link as the south-eastern Belize section of the proposed Mesoamerican Biological Corridor through this and other countries of Central America…

NR Tapir Mountain

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A biological survey (December 1994) concluded that within this reserve there are 129 species of migratory birds and resident birds and 10 mammals.

Slate Creek Preserve

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Slate Creek Preserve (SCP) is a community-based non-profit organization that is actively involved in the conservation of the habitats around Slate Creek and Upper Barton Creek in the Cayo district and the areas bordering this approximately 3,750 acre protected area…

WS Aguacaliente

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WS Aguacaliente Lagoon

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The Aguacaliente Lagoon is located near Laguna Village. The protected area consists of a lagoon and wetland ecosystem that spans over 6,000 acres. The lagoon and nearby limestone hills are home to many species of birds, animals, and other wildlife. The lagoon is especially a bird watchers paradise…

WS Cockscomb Basin

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The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Southern Belize below the jagged peaks of the Maya Mountain's Cockscomb Range. The area was declared a forest reserve and a No Hunting area in 1984 to protect the large jaguar population and other resident wildlife. In 1986, a small portion of the forest reserve was given sanctuary status, which afforded it complete protection. The sanctuary was expanded in 1990 to include the entire forest reserve, resulting in a totally protected area of over 100,000 acres…

WS Crooked Tree

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Located 33 miles northwest of Belize City and just 2 miles off the Northern Highway, the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary provides an opportunity to view some of Belize's magnificent wildlife. Established in 1984 for the protection of resident and migrant birds, the sanctuary consists of a network of inland lagoons, swamps and waterways. During the dry season, thousands of birds congregate here, taking advantage of the food resources, and migrants find a safe resting spot on their spring migration back to the north.

WS Spanish Creek

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The Spanish Creek Wildlife Sanctuary offers river and wildlife education and adventure in the heart of Belize. The SCWS is comprised of nearly 6,000 acres of jungle, wetlands, and river habitat. Rare and endangered species of birds make the SCWS their home, making it a wonderful destination for serous birdwatchers, tourists looking for a unique adventure, or just casual visitors. You can enjoy everything from a relaxing walk on marked paths to a guided multi-day canoe and hiking trip through the jungle. This community-based conservation project is managed by the Rancho Delores Environmental and Development Group and benefits the local community…

Guides & Tour Operators

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Belize Birding Tours

Tour Operator

Belize Birding Tours™ offers premier Belize bird watching tours for the avid or casual birdwatcher seeking to explore this wonderful country and its avifauna.

Bird Treks

Tour Operator

Organize at least one trip each year - planned for 2003 in February.

Caligo Ventures

Tour Operator

Caligo Ventures has been specializing in Central American birding tours for more than 25 years. Ask about our affordable, exciting, high-quality birdwatching package options in Belize for independent travellers or groups. Customized packages focus on the jungle habitats, rainforests, inland lagoons near Mayan ruins and the coastal species off the beaches of Dangriga…

Naturally Belize

Tour Operator

Over half of Belize is primary forest which means there is unusual, rare and exciting wildlife living in the forest, with a number of species unique to Belize. These large areas of tropical rainforest provide a huge diversity of species and opportunities to see animals living in their natural habitat. Belize is a birdwatchers paradise, over 500 species of bird have been recorded.

Paradise Expeditions - Birding in Belize

Tour Operator

Paradise Expeditions (PE); established in 1992, is an affiliate of the Crystal Paradise resort, which was developed by Victor Tut and remains one of the few Belizean-owned and operated resorts in the nation. PE`s headquarters is at the Crystal Paradise, located near San Ignacio in western Belize. This area is a favorite of nature enthusiasts. PE conducts birding trips and provides information on birding in Belize. Both expert and beginning birders will marvel at the great diversity of bird life.

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

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CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2010 [05 May] - Stephen Janko

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I went on a 1 week trip to Belize, April 23-May 1 for a combination of birding and exploration of some of the Mayan Sites in the country. Stayed at 2 locations, Crooked Tree in Belize District and Crystal Paradise in Cayo District. From each of these locales, went on a variety of tours bird watching and exploring the natural and historic wonders of the country…

2012 [04 April] - Jesse Fagan

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…a most memorable boat ride down the Crooked Tree Lagoon with Jabirus and nearly every conceivable long-legged wader (and those wood-rails!), Agami Heron, and American Pygmy-Kingfisher(s), the Johnny Jump Up performance, a spectacular Collared Forest-Falcon flyby, an Orange-breasted Falcon taking a Great-tailed Grackle in mid-air on his way to breakfast with the family….

2013 [02 February] - Paul Buckley - Belize and North Eastern Guatemala

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…As with all such trips we missed some birds which were supposed to be very common (Variable seedeater!) but also saw a few species that we never really expected to (Pheasant cuckoo, Spotted Wood quail, Marbled godwit, Strong-billed wood creeper)…

2013 [03 March] - Michael O'Brien

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…We interrupted Ann Marie frequently to look at birds such as King Vulture, Olive-throated Parakeet, Black-headed Trogon, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Yellow-winged Tanager, and numerous migrant warblers. Our lunch at Mayan Wells, traditional Belizean stewed chicken with rice and beans, was delicious as always and a real tour highlight…

2015 [03 March] - Barry Zimmer - Crooked Tree & Chan Chich Lodge

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...When we finally tore ourselves away from the lodge, a host of new species greeted us as we walked down the entry road. Lovely perched Bat Falcons, a cooperative Ivorybilled Woodcreeper, Olive-throated Parakeets, fantastic studies of the regionally endemic Yucatan Woodpecker, Spot-breasted Wren in the open, Black-cowled Oriole, and Blue-gray Tanager were among the highlights.

2015 [03 March] - Michael O’Brien

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...This year, the Cinnamon Hummingbirds performed well at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel, where we also had instructive comparisons of the very similar Tropical and Couch’s kingbirds, and our first looks at a host of other species such as Social Flycatcher, Tropical Mockingbird, and Hooded Oriole. Along the nearby waterfront, we enjoyed side by side comparisons of Royal and Sandwich terns, as well as a Black Skimmer and numerous Magnificent Frigatebirds. Later on at Altun Ha, we had an interesting ruins tour with Ann Marie, highlighted by close looks at Gartered and Black-headed trogons, two soaring King Vultures, and our first of several Black-collared Hawks.

2015 [04 April] - Peter Burke

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...Unforgettable views of Great Tinamou, Black-throated Bobwhite, Agami and Boat-billed herons, King Vulture, Gray-headed and Plumbeous kites, Black-and-white Owl, White-necked Jacobin, White-whiskered Puffbird, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Chestnut-colored and Yucatan woodpeckers, Barred Antshrike, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Northern Schiffornis, White-collared Manakin...

2015 [12 December] - David A Showler - Belize and Tikal area, Guatemala

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We spent 16 days birding in Belize and Guatemala in December 2015. Upon arrival we travelled by bus from Belize City to the Guatemalen border, and onwards to El Remate village/ Tikal National Park where we spent three very enjoyable days. Upon return to Belize City we hired a 4-wheel drive jeep for 10 days, exploring as far north as Tower Hill Bridge (near Orange Walk), south to The Dump and Pueblo Viejo, with our last two nights on the island of Caye Caulker....

2016 [01 January] - Brian Gibbons - Chan Chich

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...Also coming in for fruit were some beautiful tropical birds— Black-headed Trogon and Bright-rumped Attilas among the visitors. Decades of protection have rendered the Ocellated Turkeys that stroll the grounds indifferent to the two-legged visitors gawking at them. Crested Guans and Great Curassows are also benefactors of this protection and are easily found in the clearing and forest edge around Chan Chich...

2016 [02 February] - Geoff Upton - Guatemala & Belize

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Following enjoyable trips to Costa Rica and the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, we wanted to see some more of Central America and particularly to experience the birds and Mayan temples at Tikal. As we researched Guatemala we realized the country has a great deal more to offer besides Tikal, so we decided to start there and finish up on the Caribbean coast of Belize...

2016 [03 March] - Michael O'Brien

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...The next phase of our tour brought us to the charming Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and Bird’s Eye View Lodge. We are always amazed at how birdy this place is. Just a short walk around the lodge area in the morning routinely produced 60–70 species including numerous herons, Roseate Spoonbill, Limpkin, Northern Jacana, several species of parrots, Yucatan Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Red-legged Honeycreeper, and numerous species of warblers and orioles, many at arm’s-length...

2017 [03 March] - Carlos Sanchez

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This tour featured three excellent lodges, Mayan culture, and high bird diversity. The group collectively recorded 255 bird species over the course of the tour, enjoying prolonged views of many of Central America’s most iconic species: Orange-breasted Falcon, Agami Heron, Spectacled Owl, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Tody Motmot, and more. Other highlights included the spectacle of an army ant swarm with attendant birds at Chan Chich and an incredible spotlighting session on the New River near Lamanai.

2017 [03 March] - Michael O'Brien

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...This epic journey produced some outstanding sightings, including four species of kingfishers, several Jabirus, Russet-naped Wood-Rail, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, and incredible views of Agami and Boat-billed herons. Our explorations of the pine savannah and cashew groves produced a delightful array of migrant and resident species, including many warblers and flycatchers, four species of orioles, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Canivet’s Emerald, Yucatan Woodpecker, Yellowlored Parrot, and Yucatan Jay...

2017 [04 April] - Megan Edwards Crewe

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...A Black-faced Antthrush strutted across a clearing, followed by an Ovenbird, a pair of Chestnut-colored Woodpeckers hammered challenges on a resonant branch (soon followed by a pair of Pale-billed Woodpeckers), and a Rufous-tailed Jacamar flashed, jewel-like, above our heads near one of the Lamanai temples...

Places to Stay

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Banana Bank Lodge

Accommodation

…the tropical jungle resort, Banana Bank features delightful accommodations that blend with the jungle landscape. Cabanas with roofs made from jungle bay leaf thatch are uniquely designed. Crafted by Banana Bank craftsmen with fine Belizean woods…

Banana Beach Resort

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Banana Beach is located on the beach area of Ambergris Caye known as Mar De Tumbo. This is one of the best natural beach areas of Ambergris Caye. There is a natural break in the reef about a quarter mile off shore…

Belizean Dreams Resort

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Belize offers bird enthusiasts the opportunity to observe over 570 species of our feathered friends. Because of Belize’s protected rainforests and small population, we have a vast number of undisturbed habitats where tropical birds flock and thrive. Our country has become a favorite among not only birders, but nature lovers of all kinds.

Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures

Accommodation

Located in the southern district of Stann Creek is the Mayflower Bocawina National Park consisting of over 7100 acres of lush jungle, refreshing waterfalls and ancient Mayan sites. Nestled in the heart of this beautiful Belize National Park is Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures; a spacious jungle eco-resort that runs on alternative energy and offers a wide range of adventure and cultural & wildlife tours in the property and around Belize! If you're looking for the best Belize vacation, tours and experience, this is the place for it!

Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

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Ian Anderson`s CAVES BRANCH Jungle Lodge, Belize is centered in the privately owned 58,000 acre Caves Branch Estate beneath the 100 foot rainforest canopy and along side the turquoise waters of the Caves Branch river where pristine jungle, wildlife and adventure surrounds you…

Chaa Creek Natural History Centre Lodge

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The Lodge At Chaa Creek Adventure Centre, Rainforest Reserve and Spa is located on the banks of the Macal River, a short drive from San Ignacio Town. By vehicle, you may reach us by taking the Benque Viejo road out of San Ignacio and following the signs to Chaa Creek…

Chabil Mar Resort

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Placencia's location is ideally suited for daily access to a variety of birding hotspots endorsed by the Belize Audubon Society, for viewing of birds from forest species to pine woodland and savanna species, restricted to riverine areas, and birds associated with higher elevations. You can include the wetlands of Aguacaliente, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Shrimp Farms and Lagoon Waders (All Season). The unmistakable Scarlet Macaw flocks in the small Maya Village of Red Bank may be substituted or added, December to March only, for Waders.

Chan Chich Lodge

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Located within a 250,000 acre private reserve, Chan Chich Lodge is bordered to the north by another 262,000 acres of protected lands managed by Programme for Belize. At Chan Chich you can retrace the footsteps of the Maya on your own, or local guides with extensive knowledge of the flora, fauna and Maya history are available to guide you through this tropical paradise. For the experience of a lifetime stay with us at Chan Chich Lodge.

Crystal Paradise Resort

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Birding tours are available for both avid and casual birders. Any tour going out can include birding or nature of some sort. Spotting scope and binoculars are always available at Crystal paradise resort grounds and on tours. Of course you do not have to go on a tour to go birding, while dozens of species can be seen on our grounds…

DuPlooy's Jungle Lodge

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duPlooy's is a small jungle lodge, where visitors feel relaxed in our friendly surroundings. There are plenty of activities right on the premises - swimming in the pristine waters of the Macal River, relaxing on a beautiful sandy beach, canoeing, horseback riding or visiting the adjacent Belize Botanic Gardens. Bird watching can be done in a civilized fashion right from duPlooy's deck with its 200 feet canopied walkway; from the bird blind in Belize Botanic Gardens; walking leisurely about the property; on guided hikes or night walks. Off the property, you can choose from our many tours we offer…

Green Heaven Lodge

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The stucco cabanas provide intimacy and the quiet environment you need after a day full of discoveries and adventures. A wide range of tours are available with an emphasis on Nature, Adventure and Archaeology.

Hamanasi

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Hamanasi, a Belize eco-resort, promotes responsible, sustainable nature based eco-tourism! The hotel is nestled in 21 acres of rare coastal forest teaming with birds, flora and orchids!

Howler Monkey Lodge

Accommodation

The Howler Monkey Lodge nature trail is located on 15 acres of our grounds. This trail is well marked and safe to explore on your own, or request for a guided tour which gives you local and botanical names for many medicinal plants, hardwood trees, edible plants and renewable plants used for building. Additional information is available in our botanical reference library. Birds, bats, squirrels and Monkeys may also be sighted along the trail…

Jaguar Paw Jungle Resort

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We are situated on a rain forest wildlife sanctuary, 215 acres of jungle reserve, skirted by the Caves Branch River and honeycombed by miles of underground caves where the Mayan ancestors of this land lived and worshipped…

La Casa del Caballo Blanco

Accommodation

La Casa del Caballo Blanco is a family owned hacienda and a bird rehabilitation & release center (Casa Avian Support Alliance, LLC, NGO) within a 23 acre sanctuary in Cayo, Western Belize. Casa is located 1.3 miles west of San Ignacio Town, on the hillsides forming the southern side of the Mopan River Valley. Please take a few moments and explore our lodging and accommodations, services, and grounds in these pages..

Lamanai Outpost Lodge

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We are not a bird tour company: We do not send people all over the world and we do not view birds as a mere tick on a checklist. We live in Belize, we research birds in Belize, and we know her phenomenally diverse avifauna as no one else does. We are a joint project of the Lamanai Outpost Lodge - one of Belize`s finest inland lodges - and the Lamanai Field Research Center - one of the most innovative field research facilities in the world. The concept is simple: You can join us in real ornithological fieldwork and birding with ornithologists and some of the best naturalists in Belize.

Manatee Lodge

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The Southern Lagoon boasts reserve status for the endangered West Indian Manatee and is home to a multitude of birds, plants, and animals. The nearby Caribbean Sea is approximately ten minutes by boat. It`s virtually uninhabited beach comprises one of the world`s largest remaining nesting grounds for the endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle…

Mariposa Lodge

Accommodation

Mariposa, (butterfly in Spanish) is ideally located on the Placencia Peninsula in Southern Belize. Nestled in a grove of palm trees, among tropical gardens, the beach suites present the traveler with a truly lovely setting…

Maya Mountain Lodge

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At Maya Mountain Lodge we can arrange your complete eco travel vacation to Belize`s rainforest, Maya ruins, and reef, including great lodging, guided tours, educational activities, and ecotourism adventures. Maya Mountain also offers special vacation travel options for honeymooners, groups, teachers, & families.

Mopan River Resort

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Twelve luxurious cabañas are built along the river bank, each with a beautiful river view, in a lovely garden setting. A beautiful swimming pool, and a new bird watching tower, are great reasons to spend the day relaxing on site…

Pook's Hill

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Pook's Hill is a 300 acre Private Nature Reserve of Pristine Jungle set in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. It is bordered by the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and the Roaring River. The Lodge is an easily accessible real jungle experience, in the Cayo District en route to Tikal and the Mountain Pine Ridge Area. It surrounds a small Maya Plaza with lawns leading to the creek and jungle…

San Ignacio Hotel

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Start off your morning with a warm cup of coffee at our Running W Steakhouse & Restaurant. Then, take a walk with our experienced guide through our 17-acre private reserve and enjoy the twitter and sweet sounds of our backyard friends. Our natural surroundings showcase over 110 species of colorful creatures including the Blue Tanager, Blue Crowned Mot Mot, Warblers, Woodpeckers, Aracari Toucan, and even rare sightings of our national bird, the Keel-Billed Toucan.

The Lodge at Big Falls

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The Lodge at Big Falls, close to Punta Gorda, in Toledo, southern Belize, is the district’s premier inland resort. Vacation packages offer guests easy access to our natural wonders, archaeological treasures and a host of adventures. Our packages include eco-tours which will introduce you to the local Mayan people and culture, Mayan archaeology and the natural history of the area. Our birding packages offer you a variety of habitats and an amazing range of resident and visiting species…

Museums

Belize Zoo

http://www.belizezoo.org/

The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Centre was started in 1983, as a last ditch effort to provide a home for a collection of wild animals which had been used in making documentary films about tropical forests. Shortly after the backyard zoo began, it was quickly realized that its Belizean visitors were unfamiliar with the different species of wildlife, which shared their country. This very aspect fomented the commitment to develop the little zoo into a dynamic wildlife education centre. Today, The Belize Zoo is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savannah and exhibits over 125 animals all are native to Belize. The zoo keeps animals which were either orphaned, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as gifts from other zoological institutions. How Zoos should be.

Chaa Creek Natural History Centre

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The Centre and its adjoining trails bring both Belizeans and visitors to a deeper appreciation of the country's diverse cultural and natural heritage.

Las Cuevas Research Station

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Las Cuevas Research Station is nestled within Belize's Maya Mountains and in the heart of the Chiquibul forest. Since 1994 LCRS has promoted biological, botanical, wildlife, climatic, and archaeological research and education.

Blogs

Elbert Greer - Bubba's Birding Blog for Birdwatching in Belize

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Birds, Birdwatching, Ambergris Caye, Belize - The Bubba Birdwatching Philosophy - For Elbert birdwatching is another way to relate to life. He says it's a different, more graceful path that makes living enjoyable and its problems easier to solve.

Other Links

Birding in Belize

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With over 500 species of birds in vast tracks of wild land, Belize is a birder’s paradise! From the coast to the savanna to the riverbanks to the mountainous rainforest, Hamanasi’s unique mainland location makes these diverse habitats easily accessible to serious and novice birders alike…

Birding in Belize

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Birds of Ambergris Caye

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Welcome to the Birds of Ambergris Caye. Many of these articles are from a weekly column in The San Pedro Sun. Elbert and his friend Bubba have been long-time watchers of the birds and humans on Ambergris Caye, and their insights are often both rewarding and amusing. This website contains information about the 260 species of birds that occur on that island and its collection of mangrove cayes.

Birds Of Belize

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With over 587 different, colorful species of birds in the country, Belize is a must for the professional or amateur bird-watcher and those into eco-tourism. In the Orange Walk District alone, over 400 species of birds have been recorded. Of these, approximately 20 percent are migrants from North America. Almost every year new species are reported. Eight new records were confirmed in 2007, including the Crested Caracara and Spot-breasted Oriole….

Programme For Belize

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Nestled in the sub-tropical forests of northwestern Belize only two and one-half hours away from Belize City lies the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA or Rio Bravo); Belize's largest private reserve and second largest single protected area…

Photographers & Artists

Photographer - Marie-France Grenouellet

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I am a french Wildlife Photographer. The purpose of my non-profit Website is to just pictures to make people dream and to help the protection of the Worldwide Wildlife…

Photographer - Richard Seaman

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Belize and Guatemala Bird Photo Galleries…