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Belize

Keel-billed Toucan Ramphastos sulfuratus ©Gábor Orbán Website

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 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 574 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.

Top Sites

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Sightings

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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: 593

National Bird: Keel-billed Toucan Ramphastos sulfuratus

Checklist

Checklist

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Useful Reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Belize

by H. Lee Jones illustrated by Dana Gardner 2003 University of Texas Press
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ISBN: 0713667605

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

Ernest Preston Edwards, Edward Murrell Butler (Illustrator) Hardcover - 288 pages (July 1998) University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292720920

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Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Belize

by H Lee Jones & A C Vallely from Lynx Edicions 2001

ISBN: 8487334350

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Useful Information

Travel to Belize

http://www.belize-trips.com/
Planning to visit Belize? Here is a Belize specialist…

Guides & Tour Operators

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Belize Bird Tours

Tour Operator

Premium Bird Watching Trips to the Heart of Belize and Tikal, Guatemala…

Belize Birding Tours

Tour Operator

Birding in Belize is a bird watching guide company, specializing in small groups (1-6 clients) and private tours. Belize, formerly British Honduras, is a birdwatcher's paradise and just a short 90 Minute flight from the U.S…

Belize Lodge & Excursions

Tour Operator

BLE has carefully selected and designed an offering of outstanding Overland Tour Packages to many other destinations in Belize…

Bird Treks

Tour Operator

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

Birding Pal

Information

Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Borderland Tours

Tour Operator

Trip planned for February 2003

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…

Ecotour Expeditions

Tour Operator

Since 1989 we have offered exceptional nature tours to some of the natural wonders of Central and South America. We observe the strange and beautiful plants and animals of these spectacular places while at the same time having a lot of fun…

ecoTOURS

Tour Operator

Unspoilt forest and superb birds….

Mark Smith Nature Tours

Tour Operator

English-speaking Belize has an excellent park system. We`ll boat on the forest-lined lagoons of Crooked Tree Sanctuary, view ruins and walk the rainforest of the Cayo District, and explore the Pine Ridge Mountains wildlife including howler monkeys, jabiru, sungrebe, antbirds, toucans and hundreds more…

Naturetrek

Tour Operator

Often combined with history…

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.

Programme For Belize

Guided Site

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…

Sunbird

Tour Operator

The vast jungle of northwestern Belize stretches unbroken into Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west, and encompasses the largest tract of contiguous forest north of the Amazon. Chan Chich Lodge is located within this wilderness on the main plaza of an ancient Maya ceremonial site. The abundance and diversity of wildlife here are difficult to imagine. Nearly 350 species of birds…

Ventures

Tour Operator

Next trip planned for March 2003.

Wildside Birding Tours

Tour Operator

The Tour Schedule page has our full schedule of upcoming tours to Belize, Panama, Costa Rica, plus links to all of our itineraries…

Wings

Tour Operator

Nearly 350 species of birds and over 150 species of butterflies have been recorded at Chan Chich…

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

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

Report

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

Report

…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

Report

…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

Report PDF

…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

Report PDF

...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

Report PDF

...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

Report

...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

Report

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

PDF Report

...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

PDF Report

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

PDF Report

...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] - Michael O'Brien

PDF Report

...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...

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

Accommodation

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…

Belize Resorts, Hotels, & Lodgings

Accommodation

Where to stay while visiting Ambergris Caye is often the pivotal decision a visitor makes. So, we`d like to offer you a chance to see the resorts, and meet some of the people before you decide. As you browse the sites below, you`ll be given an opportunity ask questions via e-mail. We`d like to encourage you to do so, and don`t hesitate to ask about specials they might be offering. Some can even book your flight for you at discount rates. Most establishments can book diving, maya tours, birding, and other adventures for you. The only question they can`t answer is the one you don`t ask. Don`t be afraid to ask for Internet discounts when booking direct with establishments.

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

Accommodation

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

Accommodation

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…

Chan Chich Lodge

Accommodation

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

Accommodation

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

Accommodation

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

Accommodation

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

Accommodation

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!

Hidden Valley Inn

Accommodation

For the bird watchers, the opportunities are endless; the rare Orange-breasted Falcons and the Stygian Owl, the huge white King Vulture and the Oscillated Turkey, various darting hummingbirds and noisy acorn woodpeckers, blue-crowned motmots, keel-billed toucans, and red-lored parrots are among the over 200 species of exotic tropical birds to be seen…

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

Accommodation

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

Accommodation

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

Accommodation

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

Accommodation

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

Information

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

Accommodation

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…

The Lodge at Big Falls

Accommodation

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…

Organisations

Belize Audubon Society

Website

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.

Casa Avian Support Alliance

Website

On June 13, 1992 Belize signed the Convention on Biological Diversity in Rio de Janeiro, and subsequently ratified it in December of 1993. The committee on National Biodiversity was founded in 1995, and in 1998 the Belize National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan were released…

Protected Areas Conservation Trust

Website

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…

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.

Las Cuevas Research Station

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/projects/lascuevas/

Las Cuevas Research Station, located in Belize, is a joint initiative between the Government of Belize and the Natural History Museum, London established under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 1992…

Reserves

Aguacaliente Lagoon

Webpage

Satellite View

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…

Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary

Information

Satellite View

Checklist

Chaa Creek Natural History Centre

Website

Satellite View

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

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Information

Satellite View

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…

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Information

Satellite View

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.

Five Blues Lake National Park

Webpage

Satellite View

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

Golden Stream Corridor Preserve

Webpage

Satellite View

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…

Guanacaste National Park

Information

Satellite View

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…

Mountain Pine Ridge

Information

Satellite View

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…

National Parks, Natural Reserves & Wildlife Sanctuaries

Information

This guide explores the most popular state reserves, covering all the main habitats, from all areas of the country - from spectacular Toledo District to the forest highlands of Mountain Pine Ridge, to the stunningly coloured coral of the reef, atolls and cayes.

Rio Bravo Conservation Area

Information

Satellite View

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…

Shipstern Nature Reserve

Website

Satellite View

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

Slate Creek Preserve

Information

Satellite View

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…

Spanish Creek Wildlife Sanctuary

Webpage

Satellite View

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…

The Halfmoon Rookery

Article

Satellite View

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

Other Links

Birding at Caribbean Villas

Website

The People Perch at Caribbean Villas (shown at left, for view looking down-see below) is unique in San Pedro Town. It is an observation tower built three stories high to rise above the surrounding jungle. From its platform you can enjoy the rich variety of birds that live and visit this tropic isle.

Birding in Belize

Website

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

Tour Operator

Birding in Belize is a bird watching guide company, specializing in small groups (1-6 clients) and private tours…

Birds of Ambergris Caye

Website

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

Information

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….

Checklist - Birds of Belize

Checklist

Photographers & Artists

Photographer - Marie-France Grenouellet

Gallery

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

Gallery

Belize and Guatemala Bird Photo Galleries…