A Dozen, Beautiful Common Birds from Belize

By patrick on

Tropical. Beautiful. Easy and closer than you think. This is Belize and eventually, the country will be back open for business. It might seem far and away but it will happen before you know it which makes now the best time to begin planning a birding trip to Belize. A perfect birding trip requires a lot of consideration so why not take the time now to:

  • Learn more about Belize.
  • Check into destinations and birding sites.
  • Look into possible itineraries and tours.
  • Start studying and learning about the birds of Belize.

Of the suggestions mentioned above, the sooner we begin with the fourth suggestion, the better. Learning about and picking the new beautiful birds you want to see the most is one of the best parts of planning, one that can take the most time, and the most important factor for a fantastic, satisfying trip.

The more a birder knows about the birds of any area he or she visits, the more enhanced and amazing the trip will be. Learning about Keel-billed Toucans, Red-capped Manakins, and Royal Flycatchers helps us feel as if we already know these birds when we actually do see them. It makes for better appreciation of the birds we encounter and a more fulfilling life experience.

The only problem is knowing where to start with studying and learning about the 600 bird species on the Belize list. But, no need to fret because if you start now, there’s more than enough time to learn about hundreds of birds in Belize. Why not start with some of the more common and beautiful bird species that live in Belize including these dozen:

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird– a very common hummingbird of garden habitats.

Gartered Trogon– who doesn’t like a gorgeous, multicolored bird!

Lesson’s Motmot– big, bold and beautiful.

Rufous-tailed Jacamar– fancy iridescence!

Amazon Kingfisher– watch for this jade-colored beauty at the edges of rivers and lagoons. One of five kingfisher species in Belize.

Keel-billed Toucan- not restricted to cereal boxes, this is the real deal and it’s incredible.

White-fronted Parrot- one of several parrot species in Belize.

Red-capped Manakin– the beautiful little bird that walks like the late Michael Jackson.

Olive-backed Euphonia– a small, beautiful little bird that feeds on fruit and can visit feeders.

Montezuma Oropendola– this crow-sized, fancy bird is in the blackbird family.

Yellow-winged Tanager– a lovely blend of lavenders with yellow highlights.

Scarlet-rumped Tanager– a striking, eye-catching deep red and black species.

Red-legged Honeycreeper– a miniature living jewel.

These are actually a small number of stunning birds commonly seen in Belize. We just had to include more than a dozen because there are too many fantastic birds to choose from! You still have to look for and find them but with birding time spent in the right places, expect to see these and hundreds of other beautiful tropical birds during a trip to Belize.

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