Belize abounds with numerous tropical birds. A list of the names of the principal varieties are given below. Under Ordinances Nos. 16 of 1915 and 1 of 1917, certain birds are protected. The closed season is from 1st of February to the 15th day of July of each year.
Of the approximately 520 species of birds found in Belize, about 370 are permanent residents composed of a rich variety of waterbirds, raptors, flycatchers, doves, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, wrens, tanagers, orioles and finches. The remaining 150 or so species spend their summers on their northern breeding grounds in the United States and Canada, and are found in Belize either as transients or as winterers.
The Keel-billed Toucan (Bill Bird) is the national bird of Belize and is the largest of the three species of toucans founded in Belize. It is a forest bird more often heard than seen; its persistent crick, crick... call given from the tops of trees can be heard at a considerable distance.
The Jabiru (Turk), standing five feet tall with wings spanning nine feet, is the largest bird in Belize. Although its range extends from southeastern Mexico to northern Argentina, this native stork is now considered an endangered species. The Belize population was estimated to be around 30 birds in 1989. They are sometimes seen in roadside pools, but most reliably observed in the vicinity of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.
Birds of Belize was published in:
THE HANDBOOK OF BRITISH HONDURAS 1925 -------
*BELIZE AUDUBON SOCIETY 1990's