Belize: The perfect place to get introduced to tropical birdlife.
With an estimated 600 bird species and six internationally recognized Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs), Belize is one of Central America’s premier birding destinations. With over 100 protected areas in the country, critical habitats remain intact for resident and migratory species. As the New Year unfolds, the most colourful (and noisy) feeding frenzy goes on full display as Scarlet Macaws gather in Southern Belize.
The Scarlet Macaw is one of the largest parrots in the world. It is a beautiful bird distinguishable with electric crimson plum- age to contrast its yellow and blue tail feathers. These range-restricted birds migrate from the Chiquibul Forest to their seasonal feeding grounds of Southern Belize. You know they have arrived as you hear the unequivocal rrrahk raucously echoing above. They come in search of the blooming ‘Polewood’ and ‘Annato’. Coincidentally, these lovebirds form monogamous life-long bonds and are most plentifully seen around Valentine’s Day!
Best known as the world’s first jaguar preserve, The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is a reservoir of biodiversity boasting 350 species of birds, including the Scarlet Macaw. Nearby at Red Bank Village, a small Mayan community, you can also find Scarlet Macaws. With an estimated 200 Scarlet Macaws found in the wild here, it is a birding haven. Seeing these locally endangered feathered kaleidoscopes flying freely is an unparalleled birding experience.
Embark on your birding adventure with a Belize Audubon trained guide to maximize the quality of your experience. Grab your binoculars and head South to scan the treetops in search of Belize’s brightest feathered friends!
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Written By: Carolee Chanona - Belize Audubon Society
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