Birds

We saw birds wherever we went.

Great Curassow, Crax rubra

Head close-up Bird with background

We saw these at the Belize Zoo and at Tikal.

Snowy Egret, Egretta thula

Egret in tree Closer shot

We photographed these birds from a boat on the Mopan River.

Great Egret, Ardea alba

Egret by the water

This bird is in breeding plumage. Note the long feathers on the back. This bird was at the Belize Zoo.

Collared Aracari, Pteroglossus torquatus

Toucan

This toucan was watching us when we were at Tikal.

Mealy Parrot, Amazona farinosa

Parrot

This beautiful bird was in the Belize Zoo.

White-collared Manakin, Manacus candei

Wings spread

We photographed this bird at the Mopan River Resort.

Ocellated Turkey, Memeagris ocellata

Colorful

There were many of these colorful turkeys running around in Tikal.

Red-footed Booby, Sula sula

Red-footed booby Check out those feet!

These were nesting on Half Moon Caye.

Magnificent Frigatebird, Fregata magnificens

Frigates

The Frigates were also nesting on Half Moon Caye. The one with the red pouch is a male. The one in the background with the white fuzz is a juvenile.

Flocks of Birds

Hundreds of birds Many birds More birds

The birds in the first photo are mostly great egrets and wood storks, but there are others too. In the second photo the two big birds are jabiru storks, Jabiru mycteria, the largest bird which lives in this hemisphere. There are also cormorants, white ibises, great egrets, snowy egrets, roseate spoonbills, tricolored herons, little blue herons, ducks, and even a hawk. The third photo is in the same area but a bit closer. These photographs were from the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, which is heaven for bird watchers.

Wood Storks, Mycteria americana

Flying

These wood storks were at the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

White-whiskered Puffbird, Malacoptila panamensis

Puffbird

Another bird from Tikal.

Great-tailed Grackle, Quiscalus mexicanus

Bathing

Another bird from Crooked Tree.

Northern Jacana, Jacana spinosa

Bigfoot Looking for food

These are immature birds, photographed at Crooked Tree. Look at the huge feet!

Yellow-billed Cacique, Amblycercus holosericeus

On the beach

We're not positive of the identification of this bird, which we photographed on Half Moon Caye.

Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus

At Tikal

These vultures were hanging around near one of the temples at Tikal. Maybe they were waiting for a tourist to expire, or for human sacrifices?

Summer Tanager, Piranga rubra

Red bird

Photographed near the Mopan River.

Brown Jay, Psilorhinus morio

On a tree

Photographed at Tikal.

Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Celeus castaneus

Looking for food

This bird was at Tikal. Tikal was fun because there were many birds along the paths between the temples.

Double-crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus

Getting ready to fly On the dock

These birds hung out around the dock at the Blackbird Caye Resort on Turneffe Atoll.

Plover

Unknown Plover

We are not sure what species this is, as it flew away after just one shot.

Unidentified Birds

Black and white Brown bird

The black and white bird was photographed at Tikal. The brown bird was photographed visiting a feeder at the Mopan River Resort. We could not identify them using any of our books.

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