September in Belize: Another Reason to Visit!

Keel-Billed-Toucan

In addition to the September celebrations, another treat is in store for nature lovers – this is the time when migratory birds make their way down from the plummeting temperatures of the north to take advantage of Belize’s famous weather and pristine environment. And the varied landscape means that an extraordinary variety of birds join savvy human travellers in spending their winter months here.

The Great Kiskadee

The Great Kiskadee is a common, noisy and conspicuous bird. It is almost omniverous, and hunts like a flycatcher, waiting on an open perch high in a tree to catch insects in flight, or to pounce upon rodents and similar small vertebrates. It will also take prey and some fruit from vegetation by jumping for it or ripping it off in mid-Air, and occasionally dives for fish or tadpoles in shallow water, making it one of the few fishing passerines. They like to hunt on their own or in pairs, and though they might be expected to make good use of prey flushed by but too large for the smaller birds. They do not seem to join mixed species feeding flocks very often. When they do, they hunt in the familiar manner. Such feeding behavior makes it one of the commonest birds in urban areas in Belize, its flashy belly and its shrill call make it one of the most conspicuous.