Belize is a bird watcher’s paradise! If you are wondering about the likelihood of seeing these exotic birds in Belize, well let’s put it this way. I have seen nearly all of the birds on this page. Ok, a few of the rarest were at Belize zoo, but the rest, I have come across at one time or another in daily life, many of them as visitors to my garden or soaring above it. This is just a small fraction of the 300 plus species found in Belize.
Toucans – All 3 species
Parrots – All 10 species
Hawks, Owls, Vultures, Fowl
As of January 1st. 2016, it became illegal to capture or keep parrots. A licence must be obtained from the forestry department for any parrots already held captive before that date. It is illegal to keep all other species of bird. If you have one taken from the wild and want it properly introduced back into the wild, assuming its endemic to Belize, contact Belize Bird Rescue. They are experts in doing a ‘soft’ release over time. Simply putting a parrot back into the wild, is a death sentence. It will not know where to find food and will be attacked by other parrots. Its a slow process reintroducing them.
Belize Bird Rescue. Tel: 610 0400 – No questions will be asked. Web site