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There is no doubt that Belize is a birder’s paradise, according to the owners of The Lodge at Chaa Creek, who have been sponsoring professional, scientific and amateur bird watching for over three decades. And now the latest edition of Audubon Magazine not only confirms this but highlights it to an audience far beyond the Belize eco resort’s usual reach.
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“Belize is definitely birding heaven, with over 308 species recorded in the Chaa Creek nature reserve alone,” Mr Choco said. “Even people not generally interested in birding soon become fans just by walking along the miles of trails and spotting the toucans, parrots, falcons and other birds that make their homes here. One such specie of birds is the bare throated Tiger-Heron, scientifically known as Tigrisoma mexicanum. This specie of heron is approximately 30 inches. It has a very slow, lumbering flight and a heavyset neck.
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The tiny Caribbean nation of Belize is part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, which stretches from Mexico through Central America and is home to a diverse range of birds and wildlife. Mr Choco said that this, combined with Chaa Creek’s own 365 acre private rainforest reserve, has created an unparalleled opportunity for birding. “We’re basically a protected region within a protected region, so it’s a great sanctuary for local and migratory birds, and that’s why we have such an abundance of wildlife here,” he said.
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The Great Kiskadee is found from Texas, USA to Argentina and is common in Bermuda, where it was introduced in the 1950s. The Great Kiskadee lives in open woodlands, streamside thickets, groves, orchards and parks. In the tropics it occurs widely in many semi-open habitats, usually avoiding dense unbroken forest. It is a permanent resident throughout its range and does not migrate.
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We recommend Chaa Creek to any soft-adventure traveler – and really want to support the conservation incentives of the Flemings. Jean & I visited Chaa Creek in the fall of 2009. Boy, had it changed since I was there in the early 90′s – back then it was a few thatched huts and outdoor deck / restaurant set on the banks of the Macal River. Of course the location hasn’t changed! But there’s tons more cabanas, an infinity pool that looks like it could be at a luxurious resort (which actually Chaa Creek is now), a proper restaurant aside from the bar….
Granted, Belize is unlike anywhere else when it comes to natural beauty and breathtaking flora and fauna, and I defy anyone to not take at least a passing interest in the amazing, colourful birdlife of that little Caribbean paradise, but still, my sudden love affair with our fine feathered friends came as a complete and now very welcome surprise. Even my best mates shook their heads in wonder.
We greatly enjoyed our four-day stay at Chaa Creek Resort , an ideal way to enjoy nature while being pampered at a delightful location by an immensely dedicated and caring staff. The rooms were spacious and spotless. Even though the garden cottages (where we stayed) have adjacent rooms, we were never bothered by noise from next door.
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This large wren breeds in lowlands and foothills from sea level up to 1700 m altitude in thinned forest or open woodland, scrub, second growth and groves around houses. It mainly occurs on the Caribbean side of the Central American mountain ranges. Its large spherical nest has a wide side entrance and is constructed 2 – 30 m high in a tree or shrub, often hidden amidst bromeliads.
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My wife, nephew and his best friend stayed for 4 nights at Chaa Creek. I had stayed there 22 years ago, and there have been some improvements (spa, pool) but I am happy to say the flavor of the hotel has remained the same. It’s a great place to bird watch, glide down a lazy river that’s a 5 minute walk from our room, see a small but excellent museum, and observe morpho butterflys at …
Snuggled between the rainforested foothills of the Maya Mountains in the Macal River Valley, Chaa Creek is the perfect destination for fun filled adventures!
Our private 365-acre reserve is always abuzz with the reverberating sounds of a tropical forest concerto. A fly-past of squadrons of brilliantly colored parrots, the distance of a Blue-crowned Mot-Mot and the fragrance of frangipani blossoms welcomes you to a new world steeped in Mayan history, and surrounded by nature’s bounty.
During the nesting months of April and …
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by Dan Koeppel
Imagine bunking down in a fully equipped tree house or a cozy lodge, surrounded by miles of wilderness. Join the many couples today who are seeking adventure-and luxury-in nature-filled Central America.
Wild and lush Belize could be the best bet for adventure seekers who also love champagne. Belize is Central America’s only English-speaking country, and it offers the area’s most sophisticated infrastructure. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find solitude: Belize is so lightly populated the entire country has …
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The national bird of Belize is the Keel-billed Toucan, or, as the locals say, “the bill bird”. It is clear why the locals call it the bill bird – as it seems to be almost all bill! In fact, measuring around 5-6 inches, the bill is nearly a third of the entire length of this little feathered friend. While it does seem large and cumbersome, it is in fact a spongy, hollow bone covered in keratin, which …