Birding – Belize Birding Festival 2019

by Cristina Reyna

Bird watching is the practice of observing birds in their natural habitats as a hobby.  It often involves a significant auditory component, as many bird species are more easily detected and identified by ear than by eye.

In Belize, you don’t need to be lucky to become a good birder since the country is immensely forested where birders can spot up to 50 species in an excursion. With more than 500 bird species, this country is a paradise, and no matter where you decide to visit, you’ll be rewarded.

Further, if you are interested in birding, you can check these sites and equip yourself with binoculars and your favorite bird guide.

Caracol Mayan Ruins

Located in Cayo District, is a major Mayan ruin where you can observe many spectacular species of birds. In this area, you can spot a harpy eagle, a rare and elusive bird. You can also share this forest with birds like the great curassow, killed billed motmot, crested guan, ocellated turkey and the violaceous trogon. You just need time to relax and have your eyes wide open.

Cockscomb Basin Forest Reserve

Photos courtesy: Leonardo Melendez

A nature reserve in the Stann Creek District of south-central Belize. It was established to protect the forests, fauna, and watersheds of approximately 400 square kilometers area of the eastern slopes of the Maya Mountains.

Also, a unique reserve where jaguars and other wildlife are free to live safely. It’s probable that you’ll be able to spot a colorful scarlet macaw, and different types of toucan during your visit.

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the most important protected areas in Belize is a perfect place to enjoy and spot unique bird species. During Belize’s dry season, many resident and migratory birds find refuge in the lagoons. As a matter of fact, giant jabiru storks make their homes here and it’s amazing how friendly they are. It’s an opportunity to connect with nature which you don’t want to miss.

Half Moon Caye

An island and natural monument of Belize located at the southeast corner of Lighthouse Reef Atoll. There’s a reason why the red-footed boobies feel free to nest and reproduce without fear because this wildlife and marine reserve rarely gets human visitors. There’s no doubt that it’s an unforgettable experience to walk around a paradisiac island surrounded by these birds.

This year you can join Belize Audubon Society who is having their 2nd Annual Birding Festival at San Ignacio Resort & Hotel on October 19th– 20th from 6 am to 6 pm. If you are interested in being surrounded by nature and birds, it’s an experience that you can’t miss. Disconnected from everything; you just need to open your eyes and have your ears prepared to experience something unique and unforgettable.


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