Despite being a small tropical country, Belize’s bird list stands at over six hundred species, including migrant and native birds. This little paradise is home to intelligent, unique and alluring creatures making it a hot destination for bird enthusiasts. Belize is made up of 4 regions: the mountains, the rainforest, the Caribbean coast, and the Caribbean islands, all of which provide diverse habitats to the distinct species of birds. The Cayo District is known to be a hot spot for bird watching at places like: Mountain Pine Ridge, the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, maya ruins and various resorts and lodges located in the jungle.
Popular birds to see in the wild include: Keel-billed Toucan, Scarlet Macaw, Yellow Head Parrot, Blue-Crowned Motmot, Orange-Breasted Falcon, King Vulture, Vermillion Flycatcher and Black Colored Hawk. According to the Audubon Society, a few other popular places for Bird watching in the country are: The Blue Hole Natural Monument, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Guanacaste National Park, Victoria Peak and Half Moon Caye.
At least 20% of the birds found in Belize have migrated for the winter and return to North America in the spring. Without a doubt, Belize is one of the most iconic destinations when it comes to bird watching experiences. We invite you to bring your camera and binoculars, so that our passionate birders can share their knowledge with you.