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Blue-crowned Motmot Immature Black and White Owl Pauraque and chick

Blue-crowned Motmot

Momotus momota

Immature Black and White Owl

Ciccaba nigrolineata

Pauraque with young

Nyctidromus albicollis

The Lodge at Big Falls provides an exciting environment for birding and birders. Our property includes a variety of habitats which attract many different species. From sungrebes, herons and kingfishers on the river to oropendolas, woodpeckers and orioles in the orchard. The relative silence of the pre-dawn is broken by the calls of chachalacas, melodious blackbirds, parrots and parakeets among many others.

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FACTS
  • 490 species recorded in Toledo district
  • 350 species recorded within five miles of the lodge
  • 300 species have been observed by Lodge staff.

KEY:
T = Observed in Toledo
LABF = Observed at The Lodge at Big Falls

Family/Observed Common Name Scientific Name Habitat
Tinamidae
LABF
Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui Nesting September
Sulidae
T
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster Cayes
Pelecaniformes
Pelecanidae
T
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis Coastal
Phalacrocoracidae
LABF
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus  
Anhingidae
LABF
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga River side
Fregatidae
T
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens Coastal and cayes
Ciconiformes
Ardeidae
LABF
Bare-throated Tiger Heron Tigrisoma mexicanum Nesting
LABF
Great Egret Ardea alba open fields
T
Snowy Egret Egretta thula Fields
LABF
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis  
LABF
Green Heron Butorides virescens  
LABF
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax  
LABF
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Nyctanassa violacea  
T
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias Coastal, estuarine
LABF
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulia Coastal, estuarine
LABF
Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius Upper Moho river
Threskiornithidae
T
White Ibis Eudocimus albus Mangroves, coastal
T
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja  
Ciconiidae
LABF
Wood Stork Mycteria americana Swamps
Cathartidae
LABF
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus  
LABF
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura  
LABF
King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa  
Anseriformes
Anatidae
LABF
Black-bellied Whistling duck Dendrocygna autumnalis Swamps
T
Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata  
Falconiformes
Accipitridae
T
Osprey Pandion haliaetus Coastal
LABF
Gray-headed Kite Leptodon cayanensis  
LABF
Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatus  
T
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus Pine ridge savannah
LABF
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus  
LABF
Plumbeous Kite Ictinia plumbea Forest
LABF
Gray Hawk Asturina nitida Nesting May- June
LABF
White Hawk Leucopternis albicollis  
LABF
Common Black Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus  
LABF
Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris  
LABF
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus  
LABF
Short-tailed Hawk Buteo brachyurus  
LABF
Black Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus tyrannus  
Falconidae
LABF
Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinanns Perching at field edge
LABF
Merlin Falco columbarius  
LABF
Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis  
T
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus  
Galliformes
Cracidae
LABF
Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula  
T
Great Curassow Crax rubra Open fields
Rallidae
LABF
Ruddy Crake Laterallus ruber  
LABF
Gray-necked Wood Rail Aramides cajanea  
T
Sora Porzana carolina  
T
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica  
Heliornithidae
LABF
Sungrebe Heliornis fulica  
Aramidae
T
Limpkin Aramus guarauna  
Charadcriiformes
Jacanidae
T
Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa Swamps
Scolopacidae
LABF
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia  
Laridae
T
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla Coastal and cayes
T
Royal Tern Sterna maxima  
Columbiformes
Columbidae
LABF
Pale-vented Pigeon Columba cayennensis  
LABF
Scaled Pigeon Columba speciosa  
LABF
White-crowned Pigeon Columba leucocephala West Snake Caye
LABF
Ruddy Ground Dove Columbina talpacoti  
LABF
Blue Ground Dove Claravis pretiosa  
LABF
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica  
LABF
Gray-chested Dove Leptotila cassini  
Psittaciformes
Psittacidae
LABF
Olive-throated Parakeet Aratinga nana  
Scarlet Macaw Ara macao Red Bank Village
LABF
Brown-hooded Parrot Pionopsitta haemototis  
LABF
White-crowned Parrot Pionus senilis  
LABF
Red-lored Parrot Amazona autumnalis  
T
Yellow-headed Parrot Amazona oratrix Pine savanas
Cuculiformes
Cuculidae
LABF
Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana  
LABF
Striped Cuckoo Tapera naevia  
LABF
Pheasant Cuckoo Dromococcyx phasianellus  
LABF
Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris  
Tytonidae
LABF
Barn Owl Tyto alba  
Strigidae      
LABF
Mottled Owl Ciccaba virgata  
LABF
Black-and-white Owl Ciccaba nigrolineata  
Caprimulgiformes
Caprimulgidae
LABF
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor  
LABF
Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis  
LABF
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift Panyptila cayennensis  
Apodiformes
Trochilidae
LABF
Long-billed Hermit Phaethornis superciliosus  
LABF
Stripe-throated Hermit Phaethornis longuemareus  
LABF
Scaly-breasted Hummingbird Phaeocroa cuvieri  
LABF
Wedge-tailed Sabrewing Campylopterus curvipennis  
LABF
Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus  
LABF
White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora  
LABF
Green-breasted Mango Anthracothorax prevostii Nesting May
LABF
Black-crested Coquette Lophornis helenae  
T
Canivet's Emerald Chlorostilbon canivetii  
LABF
Blue-throated Goldentail Hylocharis eliciae 31.05.07 Very rare
LABF
White-bellied Emerald Amazilia candida  
LABF
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl  
LABF
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Atthis ellioti  
Trogoniformes
Trogonidae
LABF
Black-headed Trogon Trogon melanocephalus  
LABF
Violaceous Trogon Trogon violaceous  
T
Slaty-tailed Trogon Trogon massena  
Coraciiformes
Momotidae
T
Tody Motmot Hylomanes momotula Broadleaf forest
T
Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota Broadleaf forest
Alcedinidae      
LABF
Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata Nesting
LABF
Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon  
LABF
Amazon Kingfisher Chloroceryle amazona  
Piciformes
Ramphastidae
LABF
Collared Aracari Pteroglossus torquata  
LABF
Keel-billed Toucan Ramphastos sulfuratus  
Picidae      
T
Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus  
LABF
Black-cheeked Woodpecker Melanerpes pucherani  
LABF
Golden-Fronted
Woodpecker
Melanerpes aurifrons  
LABF
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius  
T
Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris Savanna
LABF
Smoky-brown Woodpecker Veniliornis fumigatus  
LABF
Golden-olive Woodpecker Piculus rubiginosus  
LABF
Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus  
LABF
Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis  
Passeriformes
Furnariidae
LABF
Rufous-breasted Spinetail Sunallaxis erythrothorax  
Dendrocolaptidae
LABF
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper Glyphorhynchus spirurus  
LABF
Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus flavigaster  
T
Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleytii Pine Forest
Thamnophilidae
LABF
Great Antshrike Taraba major  
LABF
Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus  
LABF
Dusky Antbird Cercomacra tyrannina  
Formicariidae
LABF
Black-faced Antthrush Formicarius analis  
Tyrannidae
Elaeniinae
LABF
Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet Onithion semiflavum  
LABF
Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata  
LABF
Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica Nesting May
LABF
Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster  
LABF
Yellow Olive Flycatcher Tolmlmyias sulphurescet River bank
LABF
Stub-tailed Spadebill Platyrinchus cancrominus  
Platyrinchinae
LABF
Northern Bentbill Oncostoma cinereigulare  
LABF
Slate-headed Tody-flycatcher Poecilotriccus sylvia  
LABF
Common Tody Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum Nesting
LABF
Eastern Wood Pewee Contopus virens  
LABF
Tropical Pewee Contopus cinereus  
LABF
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris  
T
White-throated Flycatcher Empidonax albigularis  
LABF
Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus  
Fluvicolinae
T
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans River banks
LABF
Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus  
T
Rufous Mourner Rhytipterna holerythra Broadleaf forest
Tyranninae
LABF
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer  
LABF
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus  
LABF
Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua  
LABF
Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis  
LABF
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris Nesting
LABF
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus  
LABF
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus  
LABF
Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana  
Genera incertae sedis
LABF
Cinnamon Becard Pachyramphus cinnamomeus  
LABF
White-winged Becard Pachyramphus polychopterus  
LABF
Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata Nesting
LABF
Black-crowned Tityra Tityra inquisitor Nesting
Pipridae
LABF
White-collared Manakin Manacus candei  
LABF
Red Capped Manakin Pipra mentalis  
Vireonidae
LABF
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus  
LABF
Lesser Greenlet Hylophilus decurtatus  
Corvidae
LABF
Brown Jay Cyanocorax morio Nesting
Hirundinidae
LABF
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica  
Troglodytidae
LABF
Spot-breasted Wren Thryothorus maculipectus  
LABF
House Wren Troglodytes aedon  
T
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis Savanna
LABF
Long-billed Gnatwren Ramphocaenus melanurus  
Sylviidae
LABF
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea  
LABF
Black-capped Gnatcatcher Polioptila nigriceps  
Turdidae      
LABF
Veery Catharus fuscescens  
LABF
Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus  
LABF
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina  
LABF
Clay-coloured Robin Turdus grayi  
Mimidae      
LABF
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis  
T
Tropical Mockingbird Mimus gilvus Pine savannas
Parulidae
LABF
Blue-winged Warbler Vermiora pinus  
LABF
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia  
LABF
Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica  
LABF
Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia  
LABF
Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca  
LABF
Yellow-throated Warbler Dendroica dominica  
T
Grace's Warbler Dendroica petechia Pine forests
LABF
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia  
LABF
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla  
LABF
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorus  
T
Swaison's Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii  
LABF
Ovenbird Seirus aurocapilla  
LABF
Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis River meadow
LABF
Louisiana Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla River side
LABF
Kentucky Warbler Oporornis formosus  
LABF
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas  
LABF
Hooded Warbler Wilsonia citrina  
LABF
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens  
Coeribidae
LABF
Bananaquit Coereba flaveola  
Thraupidae
LABF
Gray-headed Tanager Eucometis penicillata  
LABF
Red-throated Ant Tanager Habia fuscicauda  
T
Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava Pine ridge
LABF
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra  
LABF
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea  
LABF
Crimson-collared Tanager Ramphocelus sanguinolentus  
LABF
Passerini's Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii  
LABF
Blue-grey Tanager Thraupis episcopus  
LABF
Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas  
LABF
Scrub Euphonia Euphonia affinis  
LABF
Yellow-throated Euphonia Euphonia hirundinacea  
LABF
Golden-hooded Tanager Tangara larvata  Nesting May
LABF
Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza  
LABF
Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus Nesting
Emberizidae
LABF
Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina  
LABF
Variable Seedeater Sporophila americana  
LABF
White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola  
LABF
Thick-billed Seed Finch Oryzoborus funereus  
LABF
Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea  
T
Orange-billed Sparrow Arremon aurantiirostris  
LABF
Green-backed Sparrow Arremonops chloronotus Nesting
LABF
Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus  
T
Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens Savanna
T
Savannah Sparrow Passerculis sandwichensis Savanna
Cardinalidae
LABF
Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus  
LABF
Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps  
LABF
Black-faced Grosbeak Caryothraustes poliogaster  
LABF
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus  
LABF
Blue-black Grosbeak Cyanocompsa cyanoides  
LABF
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea  
LABF
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea  
LABF
Painted Bunting Passerina ciris  
Icteridae
T
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna Savanna
LABF
Melodious Blackbird Dives dives  
LABF
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus  
LABF
Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus  
LABF
Black-cowled Oriole Icterus dominicensis  
LABF
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurious  
LABF
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula  
LABF
Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus  
LABF
Montezuma Oropendula Psarocolius montezuma  

 

7 Night Mountain To Mangroves Birding Package

4 Nights at The Lodge at Big Falls and 3 Nights at Hidden Valley Inn

The Mountain Pine Ridge and Caracol area of Belize is a prime bird watching destination and Hidden Valley Inn offers birding tours to view the many species of rare birds. Birders will marvel at the colourful array of tropical birds. Darting hummingbirds, Green Jay, Blue-Crowned Mot-Mot, Golden Hooded Tanager, Hepatic Tanager, Montezuma's Oropendula, Keel-Billed Toucan and Crested Guan are just a few of the flamboyant species you may encounter in the area. Highlights for birders from all over the world include King Vulture, Stygian Owl, Laughing Falcon, Grace's Warbler, Lovely Cotinga and Tody Motmot. The jungle around the Mayan Site of Caracol provides regular views of the exquisite Keel Billed Motmot.

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Birding Package Includes:
. A road transfer between Belize City & Hidden Valley Inn
. 4 nights accommodations at Hidden Valley Inn & 3 nights at The Lodge at Big Falls
. A full day birding tour on Hidden Valley Inn's private reserve
. Tour of Caracol, Rio Frio Caves and Rio On Pools
. 2 on property guided walks (choice of morning or night walks)
. Dinner, lunch and breakfast at Hidden Valley Inn
. Service charge at Hidden Valley Inn and The Lodge at Big Falls
. Road transfer between Hidden Valley Inn and The Lodge at Big Falls
. Guided morning bird walk at The Lodge at Big Falls
. Tour of Lubaantun Mayan Ruin and the waterfalls of San Antonio and Rio Blanco National Park
. Dinner, lunch and breakfast at The Lodge at Big Falls
. Road transfer to Punta Gorda
. Flight to Belize International Airport
. All taxes

Package does not include:
. Gratuities for the guides
. Any purchases from the bar or gift shop
. Airport departure tax (US$35)
. Entrance fees to sites where applicable

Prices are in US dollars per person sharing accommodations:

Valid until 31 October 2013

                                                           $2550.00 US per person

 
 

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