Belize Botanic Gardens is for the birds!

Belize is well known for its many natural attractions   Many bird and wildlife species can be found in Belize Botanic Gardens and the surrounding area.  To date, Belize is home to more than 500 bird species of which about 21% are migrants and the rest are either considered resident, or seasonal resident birds.  Among some of the birds found in Belize Botanic Gardens are Belize’s National Bird, the keel-billed toucan, common potoo, red-throated ant tanager, acorn woodpecker, grey-necked woodrail.  If this piques your interest, check out our list.

The 309 species presented in this checklist are birds which have been recorded at or within a 5-mile radius of Belize Botanic Gardens and adjacent duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge. Our list also keeps increasing as more new species are sighted and shared by bird enthusiasts and we always welcome such information.  If you visiting the gardens or birding in the area, pick up a check list booklet at our office and let us know when you see a “new” bird.

The original version of this list was compiled by Ken duPlooy with the help of Steve N.G. Howell (co-author with Sophie Webb of A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America, 1995). Additional sightings have been documented by Philip Mai, the official birding nut and resident guide at duPlooys. Many thanks are due to Nita and Clark Hamilton who have kept this list taxonomically up to date and  to other birder visitors.

In September 2012, the bird list was  revised the list  used to conduc the first Plant and Bird Identification Training Course offered at BBG as part of a European Union Funded Project and delivered to more than 300 Belizeans.  We are pleased to announce that this course can now be offered to Visitors to Belize.  It is a 3-day course which consists of both classroom training in the how-to’s of bird and plant ID combined with field trips to identify some of the birds you will learn about.  All you need are your binoculars and the desire to learn to be a birdwatcher.  Birding Course

Whether you are taking a tour of the gardens or hanging out on the deck, or driving out to go on a tour, be sure to have your checklist along. Click here for our Bird list.

Belize Botanic Gardens is for the birds!  – and not just the birds, other critters as well.  Visit us with Eyes Wide Open. Plants too!