Birding Habitats in Southern Belize
Lowland pine woodland and savanna grasslands:
18 miles (32 kilometres) north of Big Falls village the broadleaf forest gives way quite suddenly to what is locally known as pine ridge. Pine woodland intermingled with oaks, palmettos and sedges. We will watch birds here in the early morning and find the Hepatic Tanager, Acorn and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Fork-tailed and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers as well as the Streak-headed Woodcreeper foraging up the pine bark before flying across to its next tree. Grace's Warbler and Canivet's Emerald are other pine specialists.
Swamp and Wetlands:
Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary (12 miles from the Lodge) between Blue Creek and Laguna villages is a large wetland area draining much of the rain water from a catchment area stretching from Silver Creek in the north to San Benito Poite in the south. Jabiru, Wood stork, Roseate Spoonbill and Black-bellied Whistling duck are resident of winter visitors to the three lagoons at the centre of the sanctuary as well as a wide variety of herons, kingfishers and raptors including the Gray-headed Kite.
The broadleaf forest in the foothills of the Maya Mountains are home to many forest species including the Slaty-tailed Trogon, Blue-crowned and Keel-billed Motmots, White-whiskered Puffbird, Olive-backed Euphonia, Dot-winged Antwren and Barred Forest Falcon.
Close to the Lodge on the Rio Grande a morning or evening river trip will find Sungrebes, Little Blue Heron, Neo-tropical Cormorants, Belyed Kingfishe and Green Kingfisher as well as raptors like the Aplomado Falcon which nest upstream from the Lodge and collared Aracaris which roost in tree hole on the riverside close by.