Belize Birding Festival

Alert: Some details may have changed due to COVID-19.
Type Of Event
Start Date
Saturday, 7 Oct, 2023
Entrance Fee
$10 - $60 BZD

  • Belize Audubon Society
  • Birding Packages
  • Information Booths
  • Food, Drinks, Entertainment
  • Workshops

About Event

Belize Birding Festival

To celebrate Belize’s avifauna, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), in partnership with the Belize Hotel Association (BHA) and the Belize Audubon Society (BAS), is hosting the second Belize Birding Festival in San Ignacio Town, Cayo, Belize.

As nature’s best kept secret, Belize offers many birding hotspots for amateur and expert birdwatchers, including six Important Bird Areas (IBAs). Most of these hotspots are nestled in nature reserves that are tropical forests, savannahs, wetlands, islands, and coastal planes. These locations make for an ideal habitat for a diverse collection of birds.

2023 Belize Birding Festival

The 2023 Belize Birding Festival celebrates the love for birds and the unique collection of bird species that exist in the country. This birding festival will be held on October 7th, 2023. Details are yet to be announced by the organizing committee.

The event includes vendor and exhibit booths, birding and photography talks, a variety of presentations, video documentaries, and bird watching sessions with top birders in Belize.

More details will be posted as soon as new information is release by the organizers. See the the informational website at
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Why should you attend the 2023 Belize Birding Festival?

The Annual Belize Birding Festival is a great opportunity for amateur bird waters and professional bird watchers to come together and celebrate their admiration for birds. The festival was cancelled in 2020 and now returns in 2023.
Suitable for:
What to bring?
  • Cash
  • Birding Equipment
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking Attire
  • Water (for bird watching)
  • Note Book & Pen
Nature Walk
Outline of Event
10/7/2023Day 1Full Day
Contact Information
Contact Number:
Location Information
Belize City
Belize City
Is Transportation provided?:
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
1. Public Transportation (Buses)
2. Taxi
3. Rentals/Charters/Shuttles
4. Private Vehicle
5. Hitch-hiking

For details, check out an elaborated answer in the FAQs section.

To arrange a shuttle/rental/charter, visit has a wide range of rental, charter and shuttle options to book today! See the options here:
Frequently Asked Questions
There are over five hundred, and counting, species of birds in Belize. Beauties like the Scarlet Macaw, Blue-Crowned Motmot, Harpy Eagle, Jabiru Stork, Yellow Head Amazon, and, the national bird of Belize, Keel-Billed Toucan, are astonishing birds that any bird fanatic must see! Get to meet other birdwatchers and share your experiences birdwatching. There will be tons of activities and information centers at the event.
The basic exchange rate is $1 USD = $2 BZD.
According to the Belize Audubon Society, there are 587 species of birds recording in Belize, with over 20% of them as migrant birds from North America.
The Annual Belize Birding Festival is hosted by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), the Belize Audubon Society (BAS), the Belize Hotel Association (BHA), and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB).
The festival is hosted at different locations each year. The first birding festival was held in Belmopan City. The second festival in 2019 will be hosted in San Ignacio town.
The released itinerary for the Belize Birding Festival is listed above. You can also check out the itinerary here:
Details about participation can be found at the official website or at our fan page at
Whats Nearby
If you want to get a feel for how the locals shop, check out the San Ignacio Market on a Saturday. Local farmers sell fruits and vegetables and vendors offer crafts, clothing and household ... moregoods. It’s a great way to buy some real Belizean items and meet some really great people.
Type of Attraction:
Restaurants, Parking, Banks, Market
The Green Iguana Conservation Project is a continuous effort that aims to conserve and look after the endangered Green Iguana species in Belize. The Project uses interactive exhibits ... moreand programs to help educate visitors and create awareness among the general public. Here, visitors are given the opportunity to mingle with these wonderful reptiles and, also to learn the about the incubation, hatching, rearing and releasing process.

The Project offers the Adopt-an-Iguana Program and the Iguana Kids Club, both of which raise funds to sustain and fund scholarships and sustain the Project.

The Green Iguana Conservation has been one of San Ignacio Resort Hotel’s most popular attractions for many years. The Project has received much attention locally and internationally, and TripAdvisor ranks it as the number 1 activity in the San Ignacio area.
Type of Attraction:
Museum, Wildlife Sanctuary
Cahal Pech Archaeological Site, also known as "Place of Ticks," is the only Mayan ruins located in San Ignacio town. Sitting at the top of a limestone hill, the eerie atmosphere of ... morea once populated site can fascinate the minds of history lovers or intrigued visitors. Only a ten minute climb from uptown San Ignacio, you can also visit the museum that's on the same location.
Type of Attraction:
Archaeological Site, Landmark
Phone Service
Learn More
Destinations/Attractions Nearby
Tours & Shuttles
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Join us for an early morning hike on the grounds of our rainforest resort and through the Mayflower Bocawina National Park to see and hear dozens of different species of birds. Belize’s ... moretropical location and wide range of pristine habitats attract a remarkable number of both native and migrant birds. Over 237 different bird species have been identified in the local area. Our local guides are extremely experienced birders
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Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
The Tropical Wings Center Offers An eco-center featuring interactive exhibits about ecology, biodiversity, birds, bats, ants, plants, the Ancient Maya, and more. Fun and educational, ... moreit’s not just for kids!

A screened and landscaped 42’x60’x21’ butterfly house, spotlighting a wide variety of free-flying butterflies native to Belize.

An outdoor rearing area where butterflies are raised from eggs to pupae.

Landscaped gardens with flowers, feeders, and birdbaths to attract hummingbirds and other birds of Belize.

A medicinal plant garden featuring natural remedies used by the villagers. Nature trails for leisurely hikes. Videos about butterflies and other insects, birds, the Maya, and Belize.

A restaurant serving refreshments, meals and sandwiches or snacks. A gift shop featuring Belizean hand-crafted items, books on tropical nature and nature-related toys for kids.

Ecologically – sound lodging — The Trek Stop — with budget-priced cabins, tent rentals, and tent sites for camping.

We’re open 9 a.m. – 4p.m. daily. Admission is $20.00Bz for adults & $6.00Bz for children 6-13yrs
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Departs From:
Orange Walk Town
Bird Watching Belize Tour Early morning river expedition or walking tour Whether you are a beginner and want to see a great variety of tropical birds, or an experienced birder with ... morea checklist of target sightings, throughout our property and the New River you will find birding packages to suit your preference.

During your Belize vacation and across various habitats you can see many of the 500+ birds that have been recorded here.
/ Group
Departs From:
Belmopan City
Belize is known for so many wonderful things- wildlife, cave systems, exotic rainforests- but a fascination with the birds of Belize has become one of the TOP nature-based activities ... moreon demand. The Belizean rainforest and savannahs contain some of the most exotic & colorful birds of Central America. With over 500 known bird species, you will have ample opportunities to see these beautiful creatures during your 4 nights stay at Caves Branch.

Explore the countryside with this unique Belize vacation package created specifically for birding enthusiasts who want more nature-based activities that focus on a growing attraction in Belize. Venture out on each of the daily activities in search of some of the unique winged creatures including the national bird of Belize- the Keel-billed Toucan or the exotic Mot-Mot bird the noisy Toucanets. Capture a Black-headed trogon and be enthralled with the natural beauty and distinct sounds. Learn about conservation efforts in Belize to save and protect some of the most endangered native species. This birding package can be done alone OR can be combined with a beach destination as the grand finale to an amazing vacation in Belize!

Caves Branch Tropical Feathers- Bird Watching Package

6 nights in a lovely Jungle Cabana

Daily buffet breakfast, lunch on tours, and buffet dinner enjoyed family style

Unlimited local beers, local rum mixed drinks, juices, sodas, coffee, tea, and water

4 Full Day Guided Birding Tours + 1 Additional Full Day Adventure Tour of Choice
**Surcharges apply for Tikal Maya Ruins tour, ATM Cave, Diving, Snorkelling, River of Caves 7 Mile Tour combined w/ Ziplining

Jungle Safari After Dark Tour (approx. 2 hours) which leaves right after dinner time

Roundtrip shuttle service to & from Belize City (includes international or municipal airports)

All Taxes Included
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Departs From:
This tour begins just before daybreak with a drive through Sittee River where the lush vegetation attracts many species of birds in Belize. Be sure to keep your eyes open and your ... morebinoculars handy as you are bound to encounter spectacular plumage, stirring calls, and the steady drumming of a hummingbird’s wings.

Some of the tropical birds often spotted in the area are keel-billed toucans, fork-tailed flycatchers, tropical kingbirds, Amazon kingfishers, blue crowed mot-mot, and harpy eagles.
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Departs From:
Belize City
View some Belize of the most beautiful birds in the tropical wetland; Birding-by-Boat Cruise At The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect location for Birds in Belize. This ... moreincredible wetland ecosystem is the largest of its kind in northern Belize and is 30 miles north of Belize City. Mother Nature has designed this huge lagoon just for birds. It’s home to most of Belize's 574 species of birds found in the country, including One the largest flying Bird in the Americas Jabiru Stork, different species of Birds Like egrets and herons, and even the magnificent Northern Jacana just to name a few. But birds aren’t the only animals you can see on this cruise. On this cruise will have a high possibility To see Morlet crocodiles, green as well as spiny tail iguanas, and even howler monkeys.
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Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
INLAND BLUE HOLE BIRDWATCHING Belize is a birdwatcher’s paradise! As many as 587 birds have been recorded in Belize and, of these, approximately 20 percent are migrants from North ... moreAmerica. Every year new species are documented. Eight new records were accepted in 2007, including the Crested Caracara, Canada Goose, and Spot-breasted Oriole. For those interested in exploring the diversity and beauty of the avifauna of the diverse habitats MayaWalk expert birdwatching guides will point out tiny iridescent hummingbirds, impressive raptors, and various migratory and endemic songbirds. One of the best places to go on a Belize birding tour is St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, a beautiful protected area along the scenic Hummingbird Highway.

This small park covers 575 acres and has two natural features open for touring, St. Herman’s Cave: a beautiful crystalline cave in the limestone hills, and the Blue Hole: a clear sinkhole filled with turquoise waters, perfect for a swim. A series of lovely hiking trails over various landscapes take visitors into the jungle where the foliage, tropical flowers, and rainforest canopy are the feeding and nesting grounds for hundreds of species of birds. For those interested in finding out more about the amazingly diverse avifauna of Belize we recommend purchasing Birds of Belize (University of Texas Press) by H. Lee Jones, illustrated by Dana Gardner-- a must-have for serious birders. Published in 2003, this is the first complete guide to the identification of all the birds of Belize and it is beautifully illustrated and complete with habitat information. Our birding guides will be equipped with binoculars and a spotting scope to make the most of your birding experience. Enjoy the serene trails of the park and end the day with a lovely swim in the Blue Hole.
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Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
An opportunity to view some of Belize's most beautiful birds. There are close to 600 species of birds, including approximately 20 to 25% migrants. Cayo District is an excellent place ... morefor bird watching with locations such as El Pillar, Mountain Ridge, Spanish Lookout, etc. In addition for avid bird watchers, packages can be customized to include other excellent locations in other parts of the country such as the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Lamanai, Blue Hole National Park, Baboon Sanctuary, Jaguar Reserve, Guanacaste National Park, and Gra Gra Lagoon and other locations. Bird-watching tours can also be combined with other tours for eg Mayan sites and nature walks.
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Excellent Inaugural Event
The 2018 festival was the inaugural event, and it was very well organized. The local birding community came out in full support, and it was an excellent event for both the novice and expert birders. A lot of local companies participated, and the presentations were very informative. The tour at St. Herman's National Park was the highlight of the day. Look for this event to be hosted in a different ... more location every year throughout the country. It's a great way to network with the local birding community.