Belize Birding Festival

October 7th, 2023

Old Belize, Belize City

Home to more than 600 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. According to the Belize Audubon Society, of the 600+ species of birds that have been recorded in Belize, 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.

The annual Belize Birding Festival event includes different speakers, workshops, vendors, art exhibitors, guided tours, and other special activities. Expect about 200 attendees at the event when you visit. The last festival was held in 2019 and was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. The Belize Birding Festival finally returns in 2023.  If you are a birding enthusiast, this annual festival should be at the top of your list of things to do in Belize.

2019 Festival Recap

With over 200 attendees, the 2019 festival was proclaimed a success with similar numbers as in 2018. This was the second annual festival, and the first as a two-day event. Guest speakers were Dr. Lee Jones, Dr. John Fitzpatrick, and Serge Arias shown in this picture along with the organizing committee of the annual Belize Birding Festival. Click to read more about the outcome of this year's festival. (Photo Credit: Belize Birding Festival - Facebook)

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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.

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Belize Birding Blogs

Bird Like There's No Tomorrow

The Top 10 Birding Sites in Belize

Birds can be enjoyed all over Belize, but there are some extra special spots that are renowned for having the best variety of birds to check off your list. Follow this guide to visit the top hotspots to go birding in Belize, including a few recommended birding lodges that will make your stay extra special and give you some of those lifers you may be after. (credit:

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.

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. was proud to be in attendance at the first ever Belize Birding Festival, held in Belmopan City on October 27, 2018.

Birding Experience in Belize

A Day in a Birder's Life

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 Annual Belize Birding Festival at various locations in Belize each year.

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. The official event website is no longer available as of 2021. 

Saturday - Oct. 7
6:00am - 9am : Urban Bird Watch
10:00am - 12pm : Morning Sessions
Lunch Break
1:00pm - 3:00pm: Afternoon Sessions
4:00pm - 6:00pm : Closing Cocktail
*See the official page for the most current schedule

2023 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!