birding in Belize

Birding in Belize is both thrilling and exciting. Being a subtropical country, Belize hosts many colorful and unique birds.

There are over 600 different types of birds in Belize! It’s no strange thing to wake up to the singing of birds outside your window. As a matter of fact, some birds sing up to 20 different tunes at a time.

Let’s take a look at some of the amazing birds of Belize!

The Keel-billed Toucan

The Keel-billed Toucan

The Keel-billed Toucan is the National Bird of Belize. The most beautiful characteristic of the toucan is the huge yellow, orange, red, green and black bill. The toucan's bill is amazingly handy and allows the bird to feed on a variety of tropical forest fruits.

The Keel-billed toucans are very social birds and can often be seen in flocks of six or more birds. They are found throughout Belize's forests and nests in holes in tree trunks. Toucans are mostly fruit eaters, feeding on a wide variety of tropical fruits of the forest.

I've seen toucans flying in the Rainforest, but never close up in the wild. However, the Belize Zoo is home to a few Keel Billed Toucans and they appear to be very fancy birds. I greeted them and they couldn't stop showing off. They would fluff their tail feathers, show off their huge beaks and open their wings to give you a better look! 

scarlet macaw

The Scarlet Macaw

The Scarlet Macaw is the most magnificent bird of the parrot family. However, their feathers are mostly scarlet, but the rump and tail feathers are light blue. Their greater upper wings are yellow, and the upper sides of the flight feathers of the wings are dark blue. The ends of the tail feathers and the undersides of the wing and tail flight feathers are dark red with metallic gold color.

Macaws appear to prefer higher elevations and forests. They are known to have very large territories. With their wide strong wings, macaws can reach speeds of 35 miles per hour. While birding in Belize, you can visit the Scarlet Macaws in the Chiquibul Nature Reserve.

 

yellow head parrot

The Yellow head Parrot

Belize is home to 9 species of parrots. Parrots are renowned for being “nature’s gardeners.” Their important role as seed predators and dispersers help keep our forest ecosystems balanced and healthy. They are also a very important part of ecotourism. Thousands of bird fans come to our country every year hoping to see these feathered beauties in the wild.

Their body is bright green, with yellow on the head, dark scallops on the neck, red at the bend of the wing, and yellow thighs. The flight feathers are blackish to bluish violet with a red patch on the outer tips. The base of the tail also has a red patch, which is usually hidden. The outer tail feathers have yellowish tips.

These Yellow Head Parrots are seen while birding in the forest, or in their natural habitat at the Belize Zoo. They are known as "the species that can talk or mimic". 

 

 

These Beauties can be seen in the wild or at the Belize Zoo. However, the experience is 100 times better in nature. Visit Belize, connect with nature and meet these amazing birds.