Belize Birds - Birdwatching Tours

Belize Birds Right Outside Your Front Door - A Birder's Paradise

The Macal River Camp is a bird watchers paradise, with around 339 species of Belize birds found right here within Chaa Creek’s 400-acre private nature reserve.

Over 600 species have been recorded in Belize, with nearly 20% of them migrants, contributing to a vibrant, ever-changing avian population that keeps the country alive with colour and songs.

Local beauties like the Keel-Billed Toucan (Belize’s national bird), Parrots, Mot-Mots and many others, from majestic Laughing Falcon to tiny colourful Hummingbirds, all enjoy the vast protected wilderness areas that make Belize a bird – and bird-watcher’s – paradise.

And then there are the migrants, including the Kentucky Warbler, Yellow Breasted Chat, Purple Martin, Red-eyed Vireo, Black-and-White Warbler, the rather oddly-named Grey Catbird and various Flycatchers who come to Belize for the winter and to gorge themselves in lush habitats offering abundant food.

Our own passion for birds grew years ago when the Zoological Society of Milwaukee and the Foundation for Wildlife Conservation selected Chaa Creek as one of the sites for their ambitious Birds Without Borders project.

The project engaged and encouraged some of our own naturalist guides to specialise and expand their knowledge, so that Chaa Creek now boasts some of Belize’s most proficient birding specialists.

Walking along the miles of well-maintained trails surrounding the Macal River Camp and crisscrossing 400-acres of protected rainforests gives experienced birders and novices alike an unparalleled bird watching opportunities, and our knowledgeable guides know where and when to look to find birds and nests that most people would miss.

Another great birding expedition is a riverine tour. Gently paddling a canoe downstream from the Macal River Camp to San Ignacio town is a beautiful, tranquil morning or afternoon adventure for anyone, and for birders it opens another spectacular world of bird watching opportunities.

And while we’re certain that the river and forests around Chaa Creek will keep even the most serious birders satisfied for days on end, the Camp makes a great home base for further exploration.

A day of bird watching in a beautiful jungle setting followed by a cool drink and delicious home-cooked meal, and then listening to the songs of your newfound feathered friends while swinging in a hammock on your casita veranda – birding just doesn’t get any better than that.

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Birdwatching Tour Details

Departures

Meet guide at Chaa Creek's bar for "Early-Morning" ... 6:30 am

Duration

1 to 1.5 hours

Habitat

Sub- tropical

Fitness

Average to good depending upon topography and type of physical activities entailed

Equipment

Binoculars (provided by Chaa Creek)

What to bring along

Hat, sunscreen, water, insect repellant, camera, and raingear if needed

Dress

Short or long pants and sturdy protective footwear - sleeve lengths are optional

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