Belize is rapidly becoming a popular birding destination thanks to the more than 500 avian species that live in or regularly visit the country. Belize is a land of diverse landscapes, including pristine rainforests, wetlands, jungles, savannahs, and broadleaf forests that are ideal habitats for birds as well as an astonishing diversity of wildlife. On top of that, Belize has hundreds of offshore islands that included protected nesting sites for birds.
The Audobon Society in Belize is very active, having identified six different Important Bird Areas in the country, the Blue Hole Natural Monument, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, Cockscomb Basin wildlife Sanctuary, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Victoria Peak Natural Monument, and the Guanacaste National Park. The Audobon Society operates or co-manages many of these sites as well as dozens of smaller areas across the country. English is the official language of Belize, making it easy to converse with experienced local bird guides.
The government and people of Belize are proud of the wildlife and eco-diversity of the country with more than half of the total landmass protected as a wildlife sanctuary, national park, forest reserve, or marine reserve. Belize also has wildlife corridors that allow wildlife and birds to easily transit through urban zones. More than 2.6 million acres are protected on both land and sea.
Bird species found in Belize are from a wide range of taxonomies, including tinamous birds, ducks, geese, waterfowl, guans, chachalacas, currasows, quail, pheasant, grouse, grebes, flamingos, shearwaters, petrels, storm petrels, tropicbirds, storks, frigatebirds, boobies, gannets, cormorants, shags, anhingas, pelicans, herons, egrets, bitterns, ibises, spoonbills, vultures, osprey, hawks, kites, eagles, rails, gallinules, coots, finfoots, limpkins, stilts, avocets, oystercatchers, plovers, lapwings, jacanas, sandpipers, skuas, jaegers, gulls, terns, skimmers, pigeons, doves, cuckoos, owls, nightjars, potoos, swifts, hummingbirds, trogons (including quetzals), motmots, kingfishers, puffbirds, jacamars, toucans, woodpeckers, falcons, parrots, antbirds, antthrushes, ovenbirds, woodcreepers, tyrant flycatchers, cotingas, manakins, tityras, vireos, crows, jays, magpies, swallows, wrens, gnatcatchers, thrushes, mockingbirds, waxwings, warblers, tanagers, buntings, cardinals, troupials, finches, both Old and New World sparrows, and waxbills.
Endangered bird species found in Belize include the black catbird, cerulean warbler, golden-cheeked wood warbler, great currasow, guianan crested eagle, keel-billed motmot, ocellated turkey, and the yellow-headed parrot.
Yok Ha Island Resort
Yok Ha Island Resort offers guests comprehensive jungle and sea vacation packages that include bird watching tours along with other popular activities like exploring caves, visiting ancient Maya ruins, and snorkeling and scuba diving on the famous Belize Barrier Reef.