Print

Belize is home to more than 600 identified species of birds, with an average of five new species discovered each year.

Kell-billed Toucan

With 66% of the country still forested, the species and variety of birds visible to viewers varies and is contingent on the natural habitat in which a person is looking. As viewers often spot 50 species in a single outing, be sure to keep your eyes open and your binoculars handy. Whether on a remote island, along the coast, on a jungle walk, or in the backyard of a hotel, visitors are bound to encounter spectacular plumage, stirring calls, and the steady drumming of a hummingbird's wings.

A few unforgettable avians:

  • Keel-billed toucan – Belize’s national bird
  • Jabiru Stork – at 5 ft tall, the largest bird in the Americas
  • Harpy eagle - With a wing span of over 7ft.Rare and nesting in remote forests,
  • Scarlet macaw – can fly up to 35 mph
  • Agami heron
  • Blue-crowned mot mot