Unsurpassed Place for Bird Watching
More than half of the bird species in Belize can be found in Chaa Creek Resort. In fact, the last they counted, it was 308 species. You can download the list of birds found in the resort here. There are about 543 species recognized in this small country according to Belize Zoo.
Belize is a tropical country with year round warm weather and birds migrate from North America to Belize during the winter months. About 20% of the species are migrants. The rest are native to Belize.
The Keel Billed Toucan (Ramphastos Solfuratus) is the national bird of Belize. Belizeans called it bill bird. Beautiful 20 inches length creature with brightly colored yellow, orange, red, green and black canoe shaped bill, red under the tail and white patch at the base of the tail, feathers of black and bright yellow chest.
They can be found in Chaa Creek among large trees, make sounds like frogs and lay between two to four eggs each time. Their nesting period lasts about seven weeks. Chaa Creek, with 365 acres of land nestled in the foothills and along the Macal River Valley, allow great opportunity for bird watchers to stay the night and wake up early in the morning for bird watching.
The Resort has its own trained naturalists and they also provide binoculars and Leica Spotting Scope for better viewing. As you walk in the morning hours, you get to hear a symphony of sounds as the sun rise. You don’t have to drive for hours to get to your bird watching destination.
Chaa Creek also provides tours to the Belize Zoo where they have a collection of native birds. There are caged birds and free birds from the surrounding savanna habitat. If you missed it during your bird watching tour, the zoo has species such as toucan, king vulture, jabiru, scarlet macaw, great egret and harpy eagle for your viewing. They live there…for your viewing delight.
To read more about all the bird species of Belize go to Chaa Creek site. The Resort is a perfect place for bird watching enthusiasts. They have partnered and worked with Birds Without Borders, Zoological Society of Milwaukee and Foundation for Wildlife Conservation.
Looking for ways to expose your children to education beyond borders and books? How about Chaa Creek Resort…they have it all…bird watching, eco-tourism and even the Mayan Ruins.
Have a great and safe summer vacation.
The above article was written by Claudia Looi. You can follow her on twitter at uncommongen or visit her website ww.uncommongeneration.com
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