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Belize Bird Reports, Trip Reports and Birding Information
Please send your Belize bird reports to Lee Jones at buteo[at]attglobal.net
Photo of Harpy Eagle, Harpia harpyja, taken by Kevin Loughlin
While Belize (formerly British Honduras) has no endemic birds, it is a good place to see some widespread but infrequently observed Neotropical species such as Agami Heron, Orange-breasted Falcon and Stygian Owl, as well as regional endemics, in particular Keel-billed Motmot, Electron carinatum. Though rare, local and declining due to continuing habitat destruction, Keel-billed Motmot is more common in Belize than elsewhere in its restricted range.
Re the photo above: On 5 February 2000, Rick Taylor found a Harpy Eagle, Harpia harpyja, perched along the road about 2 miles north of Caracol in the Maya Mountains of western Belize, the first authenticated record for the country since 1958. Kevin Loughlin rearranged the itinerary of a tour he was leading to Belize to try to relocate the Harpy and, amazingly, succeeded. On 15 March 2000, his group watched the bird on a roadside perch for 50 minutes and later relocated it perched about 200 meters farther along the road.
Checklist of the Birds of Belize - Biological-Diversity.info
Checklist of the Birds of Belize - Belize Biodiversity Information System
Belize Bird Records Committee - Belizebirds.com
Additional notes on eight bird species from Belize. By Omar A. Figueroa et al. Cotinga 21 (2004): 31-33 (pdf).
Status of Spotted Wood-quail Odontophorus guttatus in Belize, Central America. By Jack Clinton Eitniear. In Newsletter of the Patridge, Quail, and Francolin Specialist Group, Issue 18, Spring 2003 (pdf).
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