Despite the usual problems of a developing nation, Belize offers excellent year-round birding. Indeed Belize is a rival to Costa Rica as a tropical birding destination with more than 40 per cent of the country set aside as forest reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. The dry season runs from December through to May. Popular birding destinations include Mayflower Bocawina and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, the latter a Ramsar wetland. Mayflower Bocawina is perhaps the best place in the world to see Keel-billed Motmot whilst Crested Guan, Great Currasow and Ocellated Turkey also occur in the park. During migration, wood-warbler, tanagers and orioles abound. Crooked Tree is an expanse of freshwater lagoons and pine-oak forest best known for Jabiru Stork. Other prize birds include Agami Heron, Boat-billed Heron and Sungrebe. Also try out night birding at Lamanai Outpost Lodge, the rustic camp at Chaa Creek, 1000-foot Falls in the Mountain Pine Ridge (for Orange-breasted Falcon) and Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Other Belize birds not to miss include Rufous-necked Wood Rail, Yucatan Jay, Black Catbird and Black-throated Shrike-tanager.

Ocellated Turkey

Ocellated Turkey, copyright Aidan G Kelly

Birding in Belize with Paradise Expeditions

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Belize, March 1997, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Birding and Duding in the Belize and the Yucatan, July 26th - August 31st 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Belize and Guatemala - October 2010, author Charles Spagnoli (added November 14, 2010)
(Chan Chich, Tikal, San Pedro, Tody motmot, Black-and-white hawk-eagle)

Belize - 17th January - 1st February 2019 - independent solo birding, author EirikG (added May 4, 2020)
(Lamanai, Crooked Tree, Caye Caulker)

Belize - birds and botflies - 2nd - 14th April 2006, author Julian Thomas (added May 26, 2006)
(Crooked Tree, Chan Chich, La Milpa, Gales Point Manatee and Coxcomb)

Belize and North Eastern Guatemala, January 26th to February 16th 2013, author Paul Buckley (added May 14, 2013)

Belize, 11 -23 February 2011, author John Bowler (added March 24, 2011)

Belize - A Camping Excursion - February 23 to March 4, 2007, author Paul Jones (added March 23, 2007)
(Crooked Tree, Five Blues Lake, Cockscomb, 1,000 Foot Falls, Douglas da Silva, Las Cuevas)

Belize, Chan Chich Lodge and Pook's Hill Lodge, author Christopher Lovell (added March 22, 2007)
(Ornate Hawk Eagle, Great Currasow, Ocellated Turkey)

Belize and Tikal area, Guatemala, 4th - 22nd December 2015, author David Alan Showler (added January 6, 2016)
(Tikal, Big Falls, Blue Hole, Caye Caulker, Cockscomb, Crooked Tree, Hopkins, Monkey Bay, Mayflower, Mountain Pine Ridge, Pueblo Viejo, The Dump)

Belize, Chan Chich - 24th - 31st December 2005, author David Scott (added January 29, 2006)
(Chan Chich)

Belize - Chan Chich Lodge - Birds and a Jaguar - December 25th - 30th 2006, author Paul Jones (added January 24, 2007)
(Tody Motmot, Jaguar)

Belize and Tikal , 20 January - 3 February 2004, author The Travelling Naturalist (link created February 3, 2005)

Belize spring break 2010 - Chan Chich and Ambergris Caye, author John C Kendall (added April 15, 2010)
(11 life raptors at Escarpment, 117 life birds, 230 species Black Catbird (Ambergirs near Mata Chica))

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