Tours

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Boat-billed Heron
Boat-billed Heron
Yucatan Woodpecker
Yucatan Woodpecker
Jabiru
Jabiru
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
Vermilion Flycatcher
Vermilion Flycatcher
Black-collared Hawk
Black-collared Hawk

The tour begins with pick up from your hotel or terminal. We then drive along the Philip Goldson Highway to the wildlife sanctuary. At the sanctuary we will then board a boat and traverse one of the creeks that branch off from the main lagoon, Black-collared Hawks, Snail Kites, Great-black Hawks, Green Herons, Boat-billed Herons, American Pygmy and Green Kingfishers are all possibilities. After the boat ride we will then travel the pine-oak savannahs in search of Acorn Woodpecker, Yucatan Jay, Yucatan Woodpecker, Olive Sparrow, Vermilion Flycatcher, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture and more. Our last stop in the village is the western lagoon where we search for the illusive Pinnated Bittern.

Price: $125.00 USD per person.

Minimum: 4 persons

Water and lunch are included (no alcoholic beverages included)

*Trips can be customized to suit your pesonal needs, and can be supplemented for less people*

Altun Ha + Birding

Black-headed Trogon
Black-headed Trogon
Montezuma Oropendola
Montezuma Oropendola
Green Kingfisher
Green Kingfisher
Royal Flycatcher
Royal Flycatcher
Morelet's Seedeater
Morelet's Seedeater
Roadside Hawk
Roadside Hawk

Tour Leaves Belize City

This tour is offered to capture both the wonderful world of the Maya and some of the amazing birds of Belize. The tour begins with pickup at your hotel, cruise ship or airport.  We head to the old northern highway enroute to the ancient Mayan City of Altun Ha, once a major trading city in the Mayan World and home to the famous jade head of Kinich Ahau. Passing through the savannas of northern Belize we may encounter the magnificent Jabiru, Black-throated Bobwhites and Vermilion Flycatchers. Leaving the savanna we pass through the old logging settlements of  Luckystrike and Rockstone Pond and unto Altun Ha. At the site itself our expert guide will provide you with a well informed tour of the ancient city with pointing out birds that may be passing over; such as King Vultures, White-crowned Parrots and Montezuma Oropendolas. Following the tour of the main site we will take the trail to an ancient pond that was built by the people of Altun Ha to provide water during the dry season. Along the way the broadleaf forest will provide us with species such as Golden-Olive Woodpeckers, Royal Flycatchers, Black-headed Trogons and our national bird the Keel-billed Toucan. At the pond we'll come across Green and Ringed Kingfishers, Anhingas, Green Herons and even the surprise treat of a Morelet's Crocodile. After finishing up the tour we will head back to your drop-off location.

Price: $80.00 USD per person.

Minimum: 4 persons

Water and lunch are included (no alcoholic beverages included)

*Trips can be customized to suit your pesonal needs, and can be supplemented for less people*

Salt Creek and Captain Hook's

Cinnamon Hummingbird
Cinnamon Hummingbird
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Yucatan Vireo
Yucatan Vireo
Squirrel Cuckoo
Squirrel Cuckoo
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat
Acorn Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker

Tour Leaves from Belize City

After pickup at your hotel, cruise ship, or airport, we travel north to the village of Sandhill where we begin birding along the Salt Creek Road. Here we will be transitioning through different habitats from the Pine Savannah to the dry Broadleaf Forest. Because of the mixture of different habitats we may come along myriad of different bird species. In the Pine Savannah you can expect species such as: Gray-crowned Yellowthroats, Acorn Woodpeckers, Lesser-Yellow Headed Vultures, and Black-throated Bobwhite. As we continue along and the habitat changes, Barred-Antshrikes, Squirrel Cuckoos, White-bellied Emeralds, and Spot-breasted Wrens are more birds to be expected, a small pond on the road may yield Little Blue Herons, Northern Jacanas and maybe even the uncommon Snail Kite. After that we will head to the Caribbean Shrimp Farm, here we will almost certainly come across the very illusive Clapper Rail, also at the farm we can expect to see Royal Tern, Common Black Hawk, Olive Sparrow and Yucatan Vireo. After finishing up the farm we will head back to your drop-off location.

Price: $90.00 USD per person.

Minimum: 4 persons

Water and lunch are included (no alcoholic beverages included)

*Trips can be customized to suit your pesonal needs, and can be supplemented for less people*

 Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and the Belize Zoo

Yellow-backed Oriole
Yellow-backed Oriole
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Yellow-headed Parrot
Yellow-headed Parrot
Scarlet-rumped Tanager
Scarlet-rumped Tanager
Great Antshrike
Great Antshrike
Golden-hooded Tanager
Golden-hooded Tanager

After departure from your pickup point in Belize City we travel west along the George Price Highway to the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Travelling along the highway we will begin scanning for Jabirus and our largest kingfisher, the Ringed Kingfisher. When we arrive at Monkey Bay we will begin in pine savannah area, here we can observe Yellow-headed Parrots, Azure-crowned Hummingbirds and Northern-beardless Tyrannulet . As we continue along the road the habitat transitions from savannah to broadleaf, here we will meet few patches of spiny bamboo, the ideal habitat for the rare Blue Seedeater. The road continues until it reaches the Sibun River, where we have chances of seeing Green and Amazon Kingfishers, on the way back to the entrance we will listen for the Great Antshrike and Dusky Antbirds, Scarlet-rumped and Crimson-collared Tanagers may be encountered by us. After birding birding Monkey Bay we will transfer to the Belize Zoo, we will tour the grounds and view some animals of the Belize in a natural setting, we'll also be on the lookout for Yellow-backed Oriole, Grace's Warbler and Red-legged Honeycreepers which call the zoo. On the way back to Belize City we will stop at the Tropical Education Center in hopes finding Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl and Green Jays.

Price: $105.00 USD per person.

Minimum: 4 persons

Water and lunch are included (no alcoholic beverages included)

*Trips can be customized to suit your pesonal needs, and can be supplemented for less people*

Island Birding - Caye Caulker

Rufous-necked Wood-Rail
Rufous-necked Wood-Rail
Osprey
Osprey
Black Catbird
Black Catbird
Yucatan Vireo
Yucatan Vireo
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Mangrove Warbler
Mangrove Warbler

This tour starts on the island of Caye Caulker, a small caye off the coast of Belize. Here we will bird in the littoral and mangrove forests that run along the coast of the island. We have chances of encountering two Yucatan endemics, the Black Catbird and Yucatan Vireo. Apart from those endemics we will also search for the beautiful Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, the elusive Clapper Rail Bananaquit, Yellow (Mangrove) Warbler, White-crowned Pigeon, the Caribbean subspecies of Osprey and Cinnamon Hummingbird. Caye Caulker is a great spot for wintering passerines so depending on the time of year we might be able to see Cape May Warbler, Palm Warbler, Scarlet Tanager and so forth. The Caribbean Eleania is also found on the island but is very secretive. Being along the coast we will be see Brown Pelicans, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Magnificent Frigatebirds and quite possibly Brown Booby.

Our guide : Francis Canto Jr

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Francis Canto Jr has been passionate about nature from when he was a young child, whether it be exploring the backwoods of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary or touring the museum at the Belize Audubon Society’s office.  His passion for birding struck when on a boat ride from Lamanai when he saw his first Black-collared Hawk, from that day on, Francis has become a dedicated, passionate and thorough birder. Francis has birded all over his home country of Belize from the hills of Mountain Pine Ridge, to the savannahs in Punta Gorda and the cayes along the coast of Belize. Apart from being a dedicated birder Francis is also an avid photographer having photographed over 400 species of birds in Belize alone.  Being a naturalist birds aren’t the creatures only he focuses on, butterflies, reptiles, mammals and plants all fall under his lists of many interests. With his vast knowledge of Belize, friendly attitude and great sense of humor you are guaranteed an enlightening, bird filled and fun time for your stay in Belize.

Various events and projects he's involved with

  • Urban Birdwatches
  • Christmas Birdcounts
  • Saint Catherine's Academy Bird Club
  • Belize Raptor Watch
  • Yellow-headed Parrot Project
  • World Shorebirds Day
  • Central American Waterbird Census
  • Global Big Day
  • Belize Birding Network (Administrator)
  • Member of the Belize Audubon Society
  • eBird Contributor
  • iNaturalist Contributor

 

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