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Belize Bird Reports, Trip Reports and Birding Information

Please send your Belize bird reports to Lee Jones at buteo[at]
Harpy Eagle, Harpia harpyja, photo by Kevin LoughlinPhoto 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.

Due to its proximity to the US and English language, Belize has become a popular destination for organized birding tours, and there are a number of lodges that actively promote birding tourism.

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.

Trip Reports & Birding Information

Checklist of the Birds of Belize -

Checklist of the Birds of Belize - Belize Biodiversity Information System

Belize Bird Records Committee -

Belize Birding Guide

Belize Audubon Society

Wildside Birding Tours Trip Reports

Where do you want to go birding in Belize today?

Fourteen new bird species for Belize. By H. Lee Jones et al. Cotinga 17 (2002): 33-42.

Additional notes on eight bird species from Belize. By Omar A. Figueroa et al. Cotinga 21 (2004): 31-33 (pdf).

The landbird monitoring programme at Lamanai, Belize: a preliminary assessment. By Marcus England. Cotinga 13 (2000): 32-43.

New information on the status and distribution of Keel-billed Momot in Belize, Central America. By Bruce W. Miller & Carolyn M. Miller. Cotinga 6 (1996): 61-64.

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).

The Mysteries of Hidden Valley by Scott Connop.

Birds of Ambergris Caye

Birding at Caribbean Villas, Ambergris Caye

Cayo District Bird Checklist

BirdingPal Belize

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