Birds of Belize
Birds are everywhere is our lives. Can you think of a day that went by without seeing or hearing a bird? As many as 587 birds have been recorded in Belize, of these, approximately 20 percent are migrants from North America. Every year new species are being documented. Eight new records were accepted in 2007, including the Crested Caracara, Canada Goose, and Spot-breasted Oriole. If you want to learn about the latest bird activity in Belize read the Bird Watch, a report on rare and unusual bird sightings from around the country.
Belize is an ideal setting for bird watchers. The tropical forests, savannahs, numerous cayes, wetlands, and coastal plains of Belize offer a myriad of habitat to many birds. Nearly half of our nation's land and adjacent waters are protected under forest reserves, marine reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and other protected area designation. Despite the small size of Belize, it has the lowest population density in Central America. With English as the official language, many visitors from abroad converse easily with local guides.
Any serious bird watcher will want to pick up a copy of Birds of Belize (University of Texas Press) by H. Lee Jones, illustrated by Dana Gardner. Published in 2003, this is the first complete guide to the identification of all to the birds of Belize. This book is available for purchase at our gift shop in Belize City and our park visitor centers.
Reporting the Latest Bird Activity from Belize
Did You Know?
The Keel-billed Toucan, also known as the Belizean Bill Bird, is the national bird of Belize.