Located at the southeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America. Unlike countries nearby (Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras), Belize lacks a history of Spanish conquest and high population densities. About a third of Belize lies in national parks and nature reserves and there are less than 40 people per square mile. Compare that to almost 900 people per square mile in El Salvador.
These statistics make Belize an ideal destination for nature lovers, including birders. Close to 600 species of birds have been recorded in Belize. We recently spent six days visiting a variety of lodges in Belize and we birded as much as possible during our packed daily schedules. Below are species checklists Caves Branch Jungle Lodge near the capital city of Belmopan and Chaa Creek set along the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains.
Caves Branch – Dec 7, 2014
Little blue heron
Lineated woodpecker (heard)
Great antshrike (heard)
Black-throated green warbler
Chaa Creek – Dec 11, 2014
We would like to thank Exito Travel, Delta Airlines, Tropic Air, Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, and Chaa Creek Lodge for hosting us on this recent scouting trip to Belize.