Birds are a group of animals that have a
backbone similar to mammals and Reptiles. They are warm blooded like
mammals, but do not have hair on their bodies. Instead, they are
clothed with feathers. All birds also lay eggs, and most incubate the
eggs by using body warmth.
By one recent account, Belize supports 543
species of birds. Birds thrive in all of Belize's habitats. Wading
birds congregate along the coastline and inner lagoons. The grasslands
and savannas provide seeds for the many finches, and nesting trees for
the giant jabiru Stork. And the tropical forests There is an
astonishing diversity of bird species.
Watching birds in the tropical forests of
Belize can tend to be very frustrating at times, and extremely
rewarding at others. The thick vegetation of tropical forests, and the
typical behavior of quick, seemingly random movements of many forest
birds, make them often difficult to see. Many birds also live in the
upper canopy of the forest, making it a strain to be constantly looking
upward. But early morning and late afternoon are excellent times to
bird watch, as most bird species are feeding or moving to new locations
during these times.
The Belize Zoo has always had a strong
collection of bird species, from parrots and macaws, to vultures and
hawks, to wading birds, including the endangered Jabiru Stork. But
besides the caged birds, the habitat around the zoo supports a variety
of "free" birds thriving within the savanna habitat.