Belize may be a relatively small country, but its unique tropical location and geographic diversity makes it an ideal habitat for an incredible range of wildlife. Birdwatchers may be thrilled to learn that Belize is home to more than 600 identified species, and these species can be found living along the country’s gorgeous coastline, nestled deep in the jungle and more. Whether you are an avid birdwatcher or you simply want to get in touch with nature on your trip to Belize, there are several different ways to enjoy birding throughout the country.
Several birdwatching guided tours are available in different areas of the country. These tours typically are walking tours that take you along the coast or through the jungle, and they may give you the chance to view dozens of different species in their native habitat over the course of a few hours. Some of the many species that you may be able to see on these tours include the blue-crowned motmot, the pale-billed woodpecker, the collared forest falcon, the great horned owl, and others. The location of your tour impacts the species that you may view.
There are also several wildlife sanctuaries that are home to common and rare species alike. For example, you can visit the Mayflower Bocawina National Park to see several dozen species in a natural habitat. The Sittee River and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary are also popular birding locations. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many large mammal species as well as the scarlet macaw, the emerald toucanet, the king vulture and others.
While you can venture out to different areas of the country to see gorgeous species, you may also be able to see them from the relaxing setting of your Belize resort. The unique location of some resorts makes them ideal for birding enthusiasts.