Birds of Belize | Chaa Creek

Birds of Belize

What we have to offer to the avid Birder visiting Belize

The tiny country of Belize rests on one of the world's most vibrant biological corridors stretching between the Neoartic and Neotropical regions.

If you are interested in bird watching in Belize, Chaa Creek is the perfect place to visit. Chaa Creek is quietly tucked away in the foothills of the ancient Mountains along the forested verges of the Macal River Valley in Belize's Cayo District.

The varied topography and vegetation of her Central American home makes Belize abundantly rich in a variety of ecosystems that provide sustainable habitats for an enormous number of local and migratory bird species.

The 365-acre Chaa Creek Nature Reserve is a sanctuary for almost 308 species of the world's most spectacular birds. This abundantly rich natural environment is also home to a multitude of tropical plants and animals.

At Chaa Creek we fully appreciate that the natural environment of Belize and the flora and fauna that it nourishes, is the life giving force that sustains Chaa Creek, and ultimately the well-being of our staff and their families.

We realize that these invaluable resources must be protected, conserved and utilized wisely. It is this realization and our commitment to sustainable tourism development that has prompted us to initiate and support many local conservation projects.

Over the years we have worked with numerous local and international agencies, organizations and individuals in an effort to facilitate environmental conservation and research projects. Birds Without Borders, one of such projects, has identified almost 308 species of migratory and resident birds within the Chaa Creek Reserve.

Chaa Creek has partnered with the Zoological Society of Milwaukee and the Foundation for Wildlife Conservation and is one of the study sites for this program. Findings of the project have revealed that the Chaa Creek Nature Reserve serves as an important winter home for many North American migratory species, including a variety of buntings, vireos, orioles and warbles.

A typical day of birding at Chaa Creek is always rewarding. As the first rays of the early morning sun slice through the dense forest canopy, a symphony of bird song begins, awaking guests to the arrival of a bright new day.

The croak of the Keel-billed Toucan, the noisy squabbling of Olive-throated Parakeets, and the gentle "hoot-hoot" of the Blue Crowned Motmot pay homage to Kinich Ahau, the Mayan sun god.

Birders on our daily guided Early Morning Walks can observe the spectacular beauty of parrots, toucans, and busy little humming birds as they begin the search for their first meal of the day.

Other inhabitants of the Chaa Creek Nature Reserveinclude the Collared Aracari, Violaceous Trogon, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Blue-gray Tanager, Ivory -billed Woodcreeper, Red-lored Parrot, Masked Tityra, Squirrel Cuckoo, Esmerald Toucanet, and Great Curassow. The Collared Forest-Falcon, Swallow-tailed Kite, Roadside Hawk and the Black-and-White Hawk-Eagle also call Chaa Creek their home.

Expert and casual bird watchers alike can enjoy a memorable experience while viewing an extraordinary mixture of tropical bird species.

We invite you to join our trained naturalist guides in our special little part of the world. A world rich with the wonders of nature steeped in Maya history.

Chaa Creek provides our guests with quality Nikon binoculars and Leica spotting scope to enhance your viewing enjoyment.

Questions on Belize Birding Tours?

Call TOLL FREE at 1-877-709-8708 or send us an email. 

We'd love to help you plan your Belize Adventure Travel!

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our staff

Meshack Yahani Eliah , Naturalist Guide

We have been in heaven here. We have been many places but truly, we can finally say without a doubt, which is our favorite, its Chaa Creek. We will never stop telling the world about it. Thanks so much for all the years and energy you have taken to make it exist. In our life we may never find anything that compares.
- Kim & Bill Niccoles
Seattle, Washington, USA