A Field Guides Birding Tours Report


February 11-18, 2023 with Marcelo Barreiros & local guide guiding

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Our group with our great local guides, Eduardo (from Lamanai) and Levi (from Chan Chich). They were very important for our success. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

This was my first time in Belize, and I just loved it! What a great country, with nice birds and lots of history as well. Right at the start, on our way to Lamanai Outpost Lodge, we had a great time along the river with good birds like Boat-billed Heron, Jabiru, Belted, Ringed, and Amazon kingfishers, Red-billed Pigeon, a nice Sungrebe, and a few other good ones. The following days at Lamanai were just great, with both White-collared and Red-capped manakins, fantastic looks at White-whiskered Puffbird, Keel-billed Toucan around the lodge, and many great wintering warblers like Magnolia, Hooded, and Yellow-throated. We also saw wonderful parrots like White-crowned, White-fronted, Red-lored, and Yellow-headed. And beside all that, we also had some nice views of Mayan Antthrush and one of the main targets for the tour, the beautiful Tody Motmot, which showed itself really well a couple of times.

On the way to Chan Chich we also had a great time birding along the open areas and rice fields, where we saw such avian treats as Aplomado Falcon, Pinnated Bittern, White-throated Flycatcher, many nice shorebirds (including the rare Pacific Golden-Plover), and more.

During our days at Chan Chich, another fantastic place for birding, we had such a wonderful time seeing birds like Lesson's Motmot, Strong-billed and Streak-headed woodcreepers, a nice female Ornate Hawk-Eagle, a pair of White Hawks, Gray-throated Chat, Yellow-faced Grassquit, Golden-hooded Tanager, Central American Pygmy-Owl, and more.

I'm sure the group enjoyed Belize as much as I did. I look forward to returning to this amazing country.

—Marcelo Barreiros with Eduardo and Levi as local guides

One of the following keys may be shown in brackets for individual species as appropriate: * = heard only, I = introduced, E = endemic, N = nesting, a = austral migrant, b = boreal migrant

Tinamidae (Tinamous)

THICKET TINAMOU (Crypturellus cinnamomeus) [*]

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna autumnalis)

A huge flock seen in a pond on the way to Chan Chich.

MUSCOVY DUCK (Cairina moschata)

A few individuals seen on the first day.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL (Spatula discors)


RING-NECKED DUCK (Aythya collaris)

At least 8 birds seen on the way to Chan Chich.

LESSER SCAUP (Aythya affinis)

A family group seen by the river in front of the Lamanai Outpost Lodge.

Cracidae (Guans, Chachalacas, and Curassows)

PLAIN CHACHALACA (Ortalis vetula)

Seen well a few times.

CRESTED GUAN (Penelope purpurascens)

Great looks at Chan Chich, including some birds seen feeding around the employee houses.


Great bird and very nice looks in Chan Chich.

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A nice Crested Guan by participant Harold Browning
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)

OCELLATED TURKEY (Meleagris ocellata)

Many birds live around the cabins in Chan Chich. It was really nice to see the birds flying to the group from their roost early in the morning.

Podicipedidae (Grebes)

LEAST GREBE (Tachybaptus dominicus)

PIED-BILLED GREBE (Podilymbus podiceps)

Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)

PALE-VENTED PIGEON (Patagioenas cayennensis)

RED-BILLED PIGEON (Patagioenas flavirostris)

A few nice looks in both places.

EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE (Streptopelia decaocto)

COMMON GROUND DOVE (Columbina passerina)


A single bird seen on the Savanna area.

RUDDY GROUND DOVE (Columbina talpacoti)

BLUE GROUND DOVE (Claravis pretiosa)

WHITE-TIPPED DOVE (Leptotila verreauxi)

WHITE-WINGED DOVE (Zenaida asiatica)

Cuculidae (Cuckoos)

GROOVE-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga sulcirostris)

SQUIRREL CUCKOO (Piaya cayana)

Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)

LESSER NIGHTHAWK (Chordeiles acutipennis)

We saw one bird at its day roosting spot on the way to Lamanai Outpost Lodge.

COMMON PAURAQUE (Nyctidromus albicollis)

YUCATAN POORWILL (Nyctiphrynus yucatanicus)

Two birds seen during a night drive at Chan Chich.

YUCATAN NIGHTJAR (Antrostomus badius)

Great Yucatan endemism seen very well on a boat ride at Lamanai.

Nyctibiidae (Potoos)

NORTHERN POTOO (Nyctibius jamaicensis)

Great looks on Lamanai and Chan Chich.

A handsome male White-collared Manakin. Digiscoping video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)

WHITE-NECKED JACOBIN (Florisuga mellivora)

LONG-BILLED HERMIT (Phaethornis longirostris)

STRIPE-THROATED HERMIT (Phaethornis striigularis)

Seen in the scope for a few minutes at Lamanai.

PURPLE-CROWNED FAIRY (Heliothryx barroti)

Gorgeous bird seen once at Chan Chich.

GREEN-BREASTED MANGO (Anthracothorax prevostii)

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD (Archilochus colubris)

Male and female seen near Lamanai Outpost Lodge.

CANIVET'S EMERALD (Cynanthus canivetii)

A hard one to see, we were lucky to find one feeding on the Savanna habitat.

WEDGE-TAILED SABREWING (Pampa curvipennis)

AZURE-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD (Saucerottia cyanocephala)

A single bird seen mobbing a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl.


The most common hummer on the tour, seen many times visiting the feeders.

WHITE-BELLIED EMERALD (Chlorestes candida)

Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)

RUSSET-NAPED WOOD-RAIL (Aramides albiventris)

Seen a couple of times at Lamanai.

SORA (Porzana carolina)

Nice looks along the rice fields.

PURPLE GALLINULE (Porphyrio martinica)

RUDDY CRAKE (Laterallus ruber)

After a couple of days looking for, we finally managed to see one on the way to Chan Chich.

Heliornithidae (Finfoots)

SUNGREBE (Heliornis fulica)

A couple of great looks during our boat trips at Lamanai.

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We had two nice encounters with Sungrebe during the tour. A nice image by participant Harold Browning.
Aramidae (Limpkin)

LIMPKIN (Aramus guarauna)

Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)

BLACK-NECKED STILT (Himantopus mexicanus)

Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)


A nice surprise! Eduardo had some news about one bird near to Lamanai and we made a stop to see some other birds and this one was also there!!

KILLDEER (Charadrius vociferus)

Jacanidae (Jacanas)

NORTHERN JACANA (Jacana spinosa)

Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)

STILT SANDPIPER (Calidris himantopus)

LEAST SANDPIPER (Calidris minutilla)

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

At least 5 birds seen one the way to Chan Chich.

SOLITARY SANDPIPER (Tringa solitaria)

GREATER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa melanoleuca)

LESSER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa flavipes)

Ciconiidae (Storks)

JABIRU (Jabiru mycteria)

Nice looks along the river on the way to Lamanai.

WOOD STORK (Mycteria americana)

Sunset along the New River around Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
Anhingidae (Anhingas)

ANHINGA (Anhinga anhinga)

Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (Nannopterum brasilianum)

Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)

PINNATED BITTERN (Botaurus pinnatus)

A single one seen on the rice fields.

AMERICAN BITTERN (Botaurus lentiginosus)

Nice bird seen during a night trip at Lamanai.

LEAST BITTERN (Ixobrychus exilis)

On the way to the Savanna, we found this little beauty looking for small fish near to the water.

BARE-THROATED TIGER-HERON (Tigrisoma mexicanum)

GREAT BLUE HERON (Ardea herodias)

GREAT EGRET (Ardea alba)

SNOWY EGRET (Egretta thula)

LITTLE BLUE HERON (Egretta caerulea)

TRICOLORED HERON (Egretta tricolor)

A few individuals seen near to the rice fields.

CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)

GREEN HERON (Butorides virescens)

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Nycticorax nycticorax)

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (Nyctanassa violacea)

BOAT-BILLED HERON (Cochlearius cochlearius)

Our local guide Eduardo knows exactly where to find those nice birds during the day!

Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)

WHITE IBIS (Eudocimus albus)

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Participant Harold Browning took this great photo of Golden-hooded Tanager at Chan Chich.

GLOSSY IBIS (Plegadis falcinellus)

Cathartidae (New World Vultures)

KING VULTURE (Sarcoramphus papa)

Nice looks at Lamanai.

BLACK VULTURE (Coragyps atratus)

TURKEY VULTURE (Cathartes aura)

LESSER YELLOW-HEADED VULTURE (Cathartes burrovianus)

Pandionidae (Osprey)

OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus)

Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)

WHITE-TAILED KITE (Elanus leucurus)

Two birds seen on the way to Chan Chich.

ORNATE HAWK-EAGLE (Spizaetus ornatus)

One of the greatest moment on the tour, we heard a bird call close to the trail at Chan Chich and we found the bird sitting on a huge tree where it stayed for a few hours. The local guide Levi told us that bird used to nest not too far from there.

BLACK-COLLARED HAWK (Busarellus nigricollis)

SNAIL KITE (Rostrhamus sociabilis)

DOUBLE-TOOTHED KITE (Harpagus bidentatus)

Another nice raptor seen perched at Lamanai.

NORTHERN HARRIER (Circus hudsonius)

Nice looks on the way to Chan Chich.

ROADSIDE HAWK (Rupornis magnirostris)

WHITE HAWK (Pseudastur albicollis)

A pair of birds soaring seen from the high mountain point at Lamanai.

GRAY HAWK (Buteo plagiatus)

SHORT-TAILED HAWK (Buteo brachyurus)

Strigidae (Owls)

CENTRAL AMERICAN PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium griseiceps)

Another great surprise for the tour. I've heard a bird calling from my room in the evening and on the next morning we found it not too far from the lodge at Chan Chich.

FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL (Glaucidium brasilianum)

Nice looks on the Savanna at Lamanai.

MOTTLED OWL (Ciccaba virgata)

Great looks around Lamanai lodge.

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This American Pygmy Kingfisher gave us a great show along the Irish Creek. Photo by participant Harold Browning.
Trogonidae (Trogons)

SLATY-TAILED TROGON (Trogon massena)

A nice adult male seen by the main building at Chan Chich.

BLACK-HEADED TROGON (Trogon melanocephalus)

GARTERED TROGON (Trogon caligatus)

A pair of birds seen around the Lamanai ruins.

Momotidae (Motmots)

TODY MOTMOT (Hylomanes momotula)

YES!! One of the most wanted birds for the tour! After a couple of days looking for it, a responsive one came right in front of the group on the Lamanai ruins trail.

LESSON'S MOTMOT (Momotus lessonii exiguus)

Seen very well close to the cabins at Chan Chich.

Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)

RINGED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle torquata)

BELTED KINGFISHER (Megaceryle alcyon)


Fantastic looks along the Irish Creek.

GREEN KINGFISHER (Chloroceryle americana)

Bucconidae (Puffbirds)

WHITE-NECKED PUFFBIRD (Notharchus hyperrhynchus)

Seen well on both locations.

WHITE-WHISKERED PUFFBIRD (Malacoptila panamensis)

Another fantastic bird seen very well at Lamanai.

Tody Motmot -- one of the most-wanted birds for the tour. Digiscoping video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
Galbulidae (Jacamars)

RUFOUS-TAILED JACAMAR (Galbula ruficauda)

Ramphastidae (Toucans)

NORTHERN EMERALD-TOUCANET (Aulacorhynchus prasinus)

A great surprise, this bird is not easy to see at Chan Chich. Our local guide Levi told us the bird has been seen a couple of days before we arrive and one individual responded the recording and remained perched over the road for several minutes.

COLLARED ARACARI (Pteroglossus torquatus)

Nice looks around the temples at Lamanai.

KEEL-BILLED TOUCAN (Ramphastos sulfuratus)

Seen very well a couple of times.

Picidae (Woodpeckers)

ACORN WOODPECKER (Melanerpes formicivorus)

BLACK-CHEEKED WOODPECKER (Melanerpes pucherani)

Thanks to a nice fruiting tree in Chan Chich, we saw a pair of birds coming in to feed a few times.

YUCATAN WOODPECKER (Melanerpes pygmaeus)

Nice looks in the last afternoon at Lamanai.

GOLDEN-FRONTED WOODPECKER (VELASQUEZ'S) (Melanerpes aurifrons dubius)


SMOKY-BROWN WOODPECKER (Dryobates fumigatus)

Nice looks at Lamanai.

PALE-BILLED WOODPECKER (Campephilus guatemalensis)

LINEATED WOODPECKER (Dryocopus lineatus)


Seen well a couple of times.

GOLDEN-OLIVE WOODPECKER (Colaptes rubiginosus)

Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)

BARRED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur ruficollis) [*]

COLLARED FOREST-FALCON (Micrastur semitorquatus) [*]

LAUGHING FALCON (Herpetotheres cachinnans)

AMERICAN KESTREL (Falco sparverius)

APLOMADO FALCON (Falco femoralis)

BAT FALCON (Falco rufigularis)

Great looks along the tour, including a female going after a group of Orchard Oriole at Lamanai.

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The group in front of one of the temples at the Lamanai ruins. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
Psittacidae (New World and African Parrots)

BROWN-HOODED PARROT (Pyrilia haematotis)


Seen very well a couple of times at Lamanai.

RED-LORED PARROT (Amazona autumnalis)

YELLOW-HEADED PARROT (Amazona oratrix)

WHITE-FRONTED PARROT (Amazona albifrons)

Fantastic looks on the Savanna habitat.

YELLOW-LORED PARROT (Amazona xantholora)

MEALY PARROT (Amazona farinosa)

OLIVE-THROATED PARAKEET (AZTEC) (Eupsittula nana astec)

Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)

BARRED ANTSHRIKE (Thamnophilus doliatus)

DUSKY ANTBIRD (Cercomacroides tyrannina)

A pair of birds seen well near Chan Chich.

Formicariidae (Antthrushes)

MAYAN ANTTHRUSH (Formicarius moniliger moniliger)

Antthrushes are always hard to see and we were able to see this beauty twice. The first one was not a very good view but later, in Chan Chich we saw a pair of birds walking across the trail in front of the group.

Furnariidae (Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers)

OLIVACEOUS WOODCREEPER (Sittasomus griseicapillus)

RUDDY WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla homochroa)

TAWNY-WINGED WOODCREEPER (Dendrocincla anabatina)

We found a nice ant swarm along the Lamanai ruins trails and four species of woodcreepers were following them, including this one.

WEDGE-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Glyphorynchus spirurus)

NORTHERN BARRED-WOODCREEPER (Dendrocolaptes sanctithomae)

STRONG-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus)

IVORY-BILLED WOODCREEPER (Xiphorhynchus flavigaster)

Seen well a few times.

STREAK-HEADED WOODCREEPER (Lepidocolaptes souleyetii)

PLAIN XENOPS (Xenops minutus)

RUFOUS-BREASTED SPINETAIL (Synallaxis erythrothorax)

Pipridae (Manakins)


Fantastic bird seen very very well at Lamanai.

RED-CAPPED MANAKIN (Ceratopipra mentalis)

Both male and female seen eating some berries on a fruiting tree around Lamanai.

A female Ornate Hawk Eagle may be the most beautiful raptor in the Neotropics, and this one remained on its perch for more than two hours. Digiscoping video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
Tityridae (Tityras and Allies)

MASKED TITYRA (Tityra semifasciata)

NORTHERN SCHIFFORNIS (Schiffornis veraepacis)

Seen twice at Chan Chich.

CINNAMON BECARD (Pachyramphus cinnamomeus) [*]

ROSE-THROATED BECARD (Pachyramphus aglaiae)

Oxyruncidae (Sharpbill, Royal Flycatcher, and Allies)

ROYAL FLYCATCHER (NORTHERN) (Onychorhynchus coronatus mexicanus)

Thanks to our local guide Levi, from Chan Chich, we found a nest and its owner around it.

Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)

OCHRE-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Mionectes oleagineus)

NORTHERN BENTBILL (Oncostoma cinereigulare)

Seen well along the Lamanai ruins trails.

SLATE-HEADED TODY-FLYCATCHER (Poecilotriccus sylvia)

COMMON TODY-FLYCATCHER (Todirostrum cinereum)

YELLOW-OLIVE FLYCATCHER (Tolmomyias sulphurescens)

YELLOW-BELLIED TYRANNULET (Ornithion semiflavum)


Nice studies on the Savanna habitat.

GREENISH ELAENIA (Myiopagis viridicata)

YELLOW-BELLIED ELAENIA (Elaenia flavogaster)

TROPICAL PEWEE (Contopus cinereus)

YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (Empidonax flaviventris)

WHITE-THROATED FLYCATCHER (Empidonax albigularis)

Another hard bird to see! We had some nice looks in a marsh on the way to Chan Chich.

LEAST FLYCATCHER (Empidonax minimus)

VERMILION FLYCATCHER (Pyrocephalus rubinus)

BRIGHT-RUMPED ATTILA (Attila spadiceus)

RUFOUS MOURNER (Rhytipterna holerythra)

A single one seen along the Chan Chich trails.

YUCATAN FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus yucatanensis)

A pair of birds seen at Lamanai.

DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus tuberculifer)


GREAT KISKADEE (Pitangus sulphuratus)

BOAT-BILLED FLYCATCHER (Megarynchus pitangua)

SOCIAL FLYCATCHER (Myiozetetes similis)

TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)

COUCH'S KINGBIRD (Tyrannus couchii)

Very similar to the Tropical Kingbird, distinguished mainly for their voices.


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Yellow-winged Tanager by participant Harold Browning
Vireonidae (Vireos, Shrike-Babblers, and Erpornis)

GREEN SHRIKE-VIREO (Vireolanius pulchellus) [*]

LESSER GREENLET (Pachysylvia decurtata)

Seen a few times with the flocks.

WHITE-EYED VIREO (Vireo griseus)

MANGROVE VIREO (Vireo pallens) [*]

YELLOW-THROATED VIREO (Vireo flavifrons)

Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)

BROWN JAY (Psilorhinus morio)

One of the most common birds on the tour.

GREEN JAY (Cyanocorax yncas)

YUCATAN JAY (Cyanocorax yucatanicus)

Two individuals see on the last day at Lamanai area.

Hirundinidae (Swallows)

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)

GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)

TREE SWALLOW (Tachycineta bicolor)

MANGROVE SWALLOW (Tachycineta albilinea)

BARN SWALLOW (Hirundo rustica)

Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)

LONG-BILLED GNATWREN (Ramphocaenus melanurus)

TROPICAL GNATCATCHER (Polioptila plumbea)

A group of more than 15 Ocellated Turkeys lives around the cabins of Chan Chich. Digiscoping video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.
Troglodytidae (Wrens)

HOUSE WREN (SOUTHERN) (Troglodytes aedon musculus)

CAROLINA WREN (WHITE-BROWED) (Thryothorus ludovicianus albinucha)

SPOT-BREASTED WREN (Pheugopedius maculipectus)

Seen a couple of times at Lamanai.

WHITE-BELLIED WREN (Uropsila leucogastra)

WHITE-BREASTED WOOD-WREN (Henicorhina leucosticta)

Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)

BLACK CATBIRD (Melanoptila glabrirostris)

GRAY CATBIRD (Dumetella carolinensis)

Both species of catbirds seen very well around Lamanai Outpost.


Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)

WOOD THRUSH (Hylocichla mustelina)


A common one on the tour.

Bombycillidae (Waxwings)

CEDAR WAXWING (Bombycilla cedrorum)

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Participant Harold Browning captured this Long-billed Hermit on its lek at Lamanai.
Fringillidae (Finches, Euphonias, and Allies)

SCRUB EUPHONIA (Euphonia affinis)

YELLOW-THROATED EUPHONIA (Euphonia hirundinacea)


LESSER GOLDFINCH (Spinus psaltria)

A single bird seen round the houses on the way to Chan Chich.

Passerellidae (New World Sparrows)

BOTTERI'S SPARROW (Peucaea botterii)

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (Ammodramus savannarum)

OLIVE SPARROW (Arremonops rufivirgatus)

GREEN-BACKED SPARROW (Arremonops chloronotus)

Icteriidae (Yellow-breasted Chat)


Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)

EASTERN MEADOWLARK (Sturnella magna)

YELLOW-BILLED CACIQUE (Amblycercus holosericeus)

MONTEZUMA OROPENDOLA (Psarocolius montezuma)

Wonderful bird, seen well a feel times.

BLACK-COWLED ORIOLE (Icterus prosthemelas)

ORCHARD ORIOLE (Icterus spurius)

HOODED ORIOLE (Icterus cucullatus)

YELLOW-BACKED ORIOLE (Icterus chrysater)

BALTIMORE ORIOLE (Icterus galbula)

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (Agelaius phoeniceus)

GIANT COWBIRD (Molothrus oryzivorus)


Maybe the most common blackbird on the tour.

GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE (Quiscalus mexicanus)

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Great shot of a male Black-headed Trogon by participant Harold Browning.
Parulidae (New World Warblers)

OVENBIRD (Seiurus aurocapilla)

WORM-EATING WARBLER (Helmitheros vermivorum)

Only one individual seen foraging with the clock along the Lamanai ruins trails.

LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (Parkesia motacilla)

NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (Parkesia noveboracensis)


GRAY-CROWNED YELLOWTHROAT (Geothlypis poliocephala)

HOODED WARBLER (Setophaga citrina)

Fantastic bird seen a few times.

AMERICAN REDSTART (Setophaga ruticilla)

NORTHERN PARULA (Setophaga americana)

MAGNOLIA WARBLER (Setophaga magnolia)

The most common warbler on the tour.

YELLOW WARBLER (Setophaga petechia)

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (Setophaga coronata)

YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (Setophaga dominica)


Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)

SUMMER TANAGER (Piranga rubra)


We saw both ant-tanagers at Lamanai foraging with the mixed-species flocks.


NORTHERN CARDINAL (Cardinalis cardinalis)

GRAY-THROATED CHAT (Granatellus sallaei)

Great bird, endemic to the Yucatan region, seen very well at Chan Chich.

BLUE-BLACK GROSBEAK (Cyanoloxia cyanoides)

BLUE BUNTING (Cyanocompsa parellina)

A gorgeous bird seen around Lamanai Outpost.

BLUE GROSBEAK (Passerina caerulea)

INDIGO BUNTING (Passerina cyanea)

Nice looks at Lamanai.

Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)

GRAY-HEADED TANAGER (Eucometis penicillata)


We were very lucky to find a flock at Lamanai and a gorgeous male was seen foraging along the forest with them.

BLUE-GRAY TANAGER (Thraupis episcopus)


GOLDEN-HOODED TANAGER (Stilpnia larvata)

Seen very well twice including two individuals coming to feed on a fruiting tree right by the restaurant at Chan Chich.


A nice moment at Chan Chich: a mother and her baby Central American Spider Monkey. Digiscoping video by guide Marcelo Barreiros.

BLUE-BLACK GRASSQUIT (Volatinia jacarina)

MORELET'S SEEDEATER (Sporophila morelleti morelleti)

A nice looking bird with a beautiful song seen well a few times.



BLACK-HEADED SALTATOR (Saltator atriceps)


Nice looks near Lamanai Outpost.


COMMON OPOSSUM (Didelphis marsupialis)

LONG-NOSED BAT (Rhynchonycteris naso)


Great looks at Lamanai ruins.


A family seen around the employees village at Chan Chich.

YUCATAN SQUIRREL (Sciurus yucatanensis)

DEPPE'S SQUIRREL (Sciurus deppei)

CENTRAL AMERICAN AGOUTI (Dasyprocta punctata)

GRAY FOX (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

A couple seen near Chan Chich.

WHITE-NOSED COATI (Nasua narica)

KINKAJOU (Potos flavus)

We saw five individuals foraging on a huge Kapok tree around the Lamanai ruins during a night boat trip.

OCELOT (Felis pardalis)

A single one seen during a night birding at Chan Chich but not everybody was able to see it.

COUGAR (MOUNTAIN LION) (Puma concolor)

We were a few miles from Chan Chich and one of these majestic animals went across the road in front of our car. Unfortunately the cat was fast and only me, our driver and a couple of people on the first seats were able to see it.

WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus)

Thanks to a nice conservation project at Chan Chich, animals like deer, curassows and turkeys are now common in the area.

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Our group of happy birders going back to Belize City with great memories. Photo by guide Marcelo Barreiros.


GREEN IGUANA (Iguana iguana)

STRIPED BASILISK (Basiliscus vittatus)

COMMON HOUSE GECKO (Hemidactylus frenatus)

MORELET'S CROCODILE (Crocodylus moreleti)


Mexican Dwarf Hairy Porcupine

Totals for the tour: 260 bird taxa and 13 mammal taxa