2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival

October 19-20, 2019

Home to more than 588 species of birds—including the keel-billed toucan (Belize's national bird), harpy eagle, lesson's motmot, the endangered jabiru stork, and the scarlet macaw—Belize is a bird-watcher's Eden [ref]. According to the Belize Audubon Society, as many as 588 birds have been recorded in Belize, and approximately 20 percent are migrants from North America. 

The country is so forested that birders can sometimes spot up to 50 species in a single excursion, and over 200 on a single trip. In 2019, the second Belize Birding Festival is being held in San Ignacio town on October 19 and 20. This annual event will include different speakers, vendors and art exhibitors, guided tours, and other special activities.

How can I get to the Birding Festival?

There are several transportation options available, including public bus, private shuttle, and flights to San Ignacio.

Belize Ground Shuttle is offering a special shuttle option at special rates for the Birding Festival attendees, with roundtrip from Belize City direct to the festival venue.

A Day in a Birder's Life

The Birding Experience in Belize

Belize Bird Rescue

Belize Bird Rescue is a rehabilitation center for birds in Belize. It was established in 2004 by Nikki Buxton and Jerry Larder. It started primarily as a facility for parrot rescue and rehabilitation but has expanded over the years to cater to all indigenous species of birds in Belize. The organization is registered as an NGO and is situated on a privately owned 50-acre reserve, most of which is used to support avian rehabilitation.

Visit our Blog to Read More about our visit and how you can support Belize Bird Rescue

Are you interested in Booking a Birding Tour? Go to 

belizing.com/Birding


First Belizean travel marketplace for travelers to discover, plan and book amazing adventures directly from trusted local providers in Belize.

Belize Birding Blogs

Bird Like There's No Tomorrow

Recap of The First Annual Belize Birding Festival

A recap of the first annual Belize Birding Festival. Bird watching is fast becoming a popular activity in Belize, for both visitors and locals alike. To date, over five hundred and eighty bird species have been recorded in the country. Although Belize is considered a small country, it is certainly blessed with big birding. Belizing.com was proud to be in attendance at the first ever Belize Birding Festival, held in Belmopan City on October 27, 2018.

15 Beautiful Birds from Belize

588 species are on the Belize bird list and more than a few of these are colorful, exotic tropical species. Better yet, many are also common and easy to see! Here is a quick look at fifteen beautiful stunning bird species to look for when visiting Belize.

A Day in a Birder's Life Episode 1: Caves Branch, Cayo

Meet Marvin Martinez from Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, and get a glimpse of our birding tour with them.

A Day in a Birder's Life Episode 2: Black Rock Lodge, Cayo

Read about our birding trip to Black Rock Lodge, recent winners of Belize’s 2018 Birdathon with a total of 238 species spotted in one day.

A Day in a Birder's Life Episode 3: San Ignacio Hotel, Cayo

Continuing our quest to increase our bird count on eBird, we went birding with San Ignacio Resort Hotel, described as the only jungle in town where you can experience birding that you can’t get anywhere else.

A Day in a Birder's Life Episode 4: The Lodge at Chaa Creek

Learn about spectacular birding at the 2018 Belize Hotel of the Year. Their 400 acre property along the Macal river is an ideal birding hotspot you don't want to miss.

The Wood Thrush Connection

About The Festival


The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) has partnered with the Belize Hotel Association, Belize Audubon Society, and the Belize Tourism Board to host the 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival from October 19-20, 2019 in San Ignacio town.

Belize is an ideal and laid-back country, perfect for the casual or hard-core birder seeking an introduction to neotropical birding. With dozens of birding hotspots and several regional endemic species located throughout the country, you can start getting those lifers in any corner you travel.

Stay tuned on this page for the latest updates about the event. Visit the official event website at www.belizebirdingfestival.bz


Saturday - Oct. 19
6am - 9am : Urban Bird Walk
10am : Opening Ceremonies
10:30am : Keynote Address
Lunch Break
1pm : Panel Discussion
Afternoon Activities
5pm : Evening Cocktail
Sunday - Oct. 20
5:30am - 9am : Birding Tours
10am : Welcome Address
10:15am - 12pm : Birds of Belize Q&A
Lunch Break
1:30pm : Bird Watching Central America
2:30pm: Closing
*See the official website for the most current schedule

2019 Featured Speakers

Belize Audubon Society

Official Partner

The Belize Audubon Society (BAS) was formed in 1969 with a mandate of "creating a balance between people and the environment." They co-manage seven protected areas located in Belize. They are also the oldest conservation organization in Belize and an official partner of the Belize Birding Festival.

We invite you to join the Belize Audubon Society today and be an advocate for protecting our natural resources in Belize. Sign up today!