Belize is a bird watcher’s paradise. With more than 400 species of resident and migratory birds to see, Belize is home to some of the world’s most impressive bird life. If you are planning on visiting Belize for bird watching, here are five birds that you should definitely see:
1. Scarlet Macaw
The Scarlet Macaw is a beautiful bird, and you can find it in the forests of Belize. The bird is large and colorful, with an average length of 32-39 inches and a wingspan of up to 3 feet. The male has bright red feathers on its head, wings, back, and tail, while the female has bright red feathers on her head, wings, and tail.
The birds live in groups with other members of the species, but they are solitary birds that spend most of their time alone. They will mate for life and only have one chick at a time.
2. Black Headed Trogon
The Black Headed Trogon is a beautiful bird found in the tropical regions of Belize. The male has a red throat and yellow breast, while the female is plainer with brownish upper parts. The wings are dark brown with white bands.
3. Jabiru Stork
The Jabiru Stork is a large wading bird that can be seen in the wetlands of Belize. You can sight the stork all year long, but it is most common during the rainy season.
It has a wingspan reaching up to 2 meters (6 feet). The male has a black head and neck with white shoulder patches and a large white bill with black tips. The female has an all-white head, neck, and body with black shoulder patches that are smaller than males.
4. The Toucan
The Toucan is one of the most common birds in Belize, and it’s easy to spot. The birds have black feathers with bright red markings at the base of the bill and on their thighs. Their beaks are long and curved, giving them a somewhat sword-like appearance. For their diet, toucans eat fruit and nuts, which they find by searching through trees in the rainforest. They also eat other small animals like lizards and insects like termites, and spiders.
5. Blue-Crowned Motmot (Motmotus motmota)
The Blue-crowned Motmot is a small bird with a huge personality. The male is brightly colored with a blue crown and red underparts. The female’s crown is black, though it also has some red on the sides. Both have orange beaks, legs, and feet.
The birds spend most of their time moving through the canopy at high speed, constantly chattering to each other and making a constant commotion as they move through their forest home.
6. Harpy Eagle
The Harpy Eagle is the biggest and most potent eagle in the world. It has a wingspan of up to 7 feet, and its talons can be 5 inches long. The formidable predator hunts almost exclusively on the ground, and it can kill prey up to 80 pounds in weight.
Belize is awash with a diverse variety of birds. The above species are just five out of the hundreds of birds in the country. Make your way to Belize for a matchless bird viewing experience.