With some 618 recorded species of resident and migrant birds identified throughout the country, and a wide variety of ecosystems and habitats, Belize abounds with great bird-watching sites. Even amateur bird-watchers should have little trouble checking off upwards of 100 species in a week's worth of watching.Lodges with the best bird-watching include Chan Chich Lodge near Gallon Jug; Lamanai Outpost Lodge on the New River Lagoon; Chaa Creek; duPlooy’s or any of the nature lodges outside of San Ignacio;
Some of the best parks and reserves for serious birders are Cockscomb Basin Forest Reserve, for scarlet macaws and a host of primary forest dwellers; Shipstern Nature Reserve, for scores of different sea- and shorebirds;
Bird-watchers staying on Ambergris Caye should certainly head to the Bacalar Chico National Park & Marine Preserve.
Tour OperatorsIn addition to the operators listed below, the Belize Audubon Society (www.belizeaudubon.org; tel. 223-5004) is an active and informative organization worth contacting.
Birding in Belize (Paradise Expeditions) (www.birdinginbelize.com; tel. 610-5593) is the go-to choice for anyone wanting focus their adventure on Belize’s beautiful birds. Based in country, this organization’s guides have experience in leading tours as well as advanced avian knowledge. The 8-day tour goes through some of the best birding spots in the country, and costs US$2,195 for double occupancy, not including airfare.
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (www.ventbird.com; tel.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.