Bird Watching in Belize, Central America


With Miguel Choco, experienced birder.

“Ever seen the illusive Keel-billed Motmot?”  I have!  Join me on one of my birding expeditions and you’ll get to see that and much, much more.  I’ll take you on a seven-day expedition to six exotic locations, where we’ll do some serious birding. Whether you know anything about birds matters not, we host the novice, intermediate or professional birder. You will learn to identify birds both visual and vocal also listen to myth, superstitions and folklore’s about birds in the Maya culture.

Here are some of the finest birding areas in the country of Belize and the six locations we’ll be visiting: 

Caracol: Hidden in the lush broad leaf forest of the Maya Mountains, Caracol is the largest Maya site in Belize.  Most characteristic large tree species are sapodilla and breadnut with abundant cedar and fiddle wood.  There are some distinct group of birds associated with this ecosystem such as turkeys, parrots and also the Keel-billed Motmot, which is found only in this area. 

Mountain Pine Ridge: An upland pine savannah.  Dominant vegetation is pine specie: Pinus Caribea, with also black oak, pole wood and species of fern.  Indicator species of birds, restricted almost exclusively to this area, include Rufous-capped Warbler, Black-headed Siskin.

Aguacate Lagoon: A herbaceous swamp with permanent water logged vegetation composed of secondary growth sedges around this fresh water wetland.  Habitat for large number of migrant and resident birds, which depend on fish and invertebrates.  Bird species would include herons, grebes, anhingas and birds of prey. 

El Pilar: Situated northwest of San Ignacio town, El Pilar is a Maya site surrounded by secondary succession forest, referred to as lowland broad leaf forest. There is great diversity of plants and bird species including manakins, tanagers, antshrikes and wrens. 

Macal and Belize Rivers: Along the banks Riparian broad leaf forest occurs.  Birds often associated with the river ecosystem include kingfisher and herons as well as many flycatchers and other species. 

Blue Hole National Park: Located in the calcareous foothills of the Maya Mountains this broad leaf forest is rich in Calicole species.  Some distinct birds within this area are honeycreepers, woodcreepers, foliage-gleaners, trogons and a variety of hummingbirds and other species.





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