Belize, a Great Destination for Birdwatching

With more than 500 recorded species of birds, Belize is truly one of the best places in the world to spot avian species in the wild. The Audubon Society is very active in Belize, and the country has no fewer than six Important Birding Areas where it’s easy to stop hundreds of bird species in their native habitat.

Whether you’re new to the world of bird watching or a veteran birder, Belize is truly a great place to see birds. 

“We’ve traveled the world to see birds, but our visit to Belize was truly special,” said Dan and Sandy Borling of Katy, Texas. “We booked a tour with Roam Belize and were blown away by our guide, Blasio Ical. The man is a walking encyclopedia on the flora and fauna of Belize, and his specialty is birds. We were astonished by how much we learned from our guide.”

Blasio Ical is a native of Belize and the inheritor of thousands of years of Maya knowledge. Fluent in five languages, including all three dialects of the Mayan tongue, Blasio Ical has been a nature guide for more than 20 years. Steeped in local knowledge about the diversity of life in Belize, Blasio has worked with many of the top luxury resorts in the country. Blasio is also a proud member of the Audobon Society.

These are the six Important Birding Areas being managed by the Belize Audobon Society:

  • Blue Hole Natural Monument
  • Half Moon Caye Natural Monument
  • St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park
  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Guanacaste National Park

In addition, the Belize Audobon Society also manages the Victoria Peak Natural Monument, the second-highest point of land in the country. Located inside of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Victoria Peak measures 3,675 feet (1.1 kilometers) high. The trail to the summit is only open to the public between February and May.

Belize is home to several endangered bird species, including:

  • Black catbirds
  • Brown pelicans
  • Buff-breasted sandpipers
  • Cerulean warblers
  • Golden-cheeked wood warblers
  • Golden-winged warblers
  • Great Curassows
  • Crested eagles
  • Harpy eagles
  • Keel-billed motmots
  • Least terns
  • Ocellated turkeys
  • Painted buntings
  • Yellow-headed parrots

If you’d like to see some of the hundreds of amazing avian species in Belize, book your tour with Blasio Ical and Roam Belize. Roam Belize has several comprehensive bird watching tours to all of the best birding areas of Belize.

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