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  1. Birds in Belize

  2. Bird Diversity in Belize • 540+ species in 8866 square miles • Belize is the size of Massachusetts • What families are found in Belize but not the United States?

  3. Some bird diversity statistics… 9748 species in the world in 204 families 94 families/1350 species in Mexico/Central America (14% of bird species in 1.5% of the world’s land area) 75 bird families in Belize

  4. Neotropics What is a neotropical migrant?

  5. Tinamous Sungrebe Jacana* Potoos Motmots Puffbirds Jacamars Toucans Ovenbirds Woodcreepers Antbirds Antthrushes Cotingas Manakins Bananaquit* * a single species of this family has occurred as an accidental in U.S.A. Neotropical Bird Families in Belize(families in Belize but not in U.S.A.)

  6. Potoos: Nyctibiidae • Related to Whip-poor-will, nighthawks, et al. - Caprimulgiformes • One species in Belize, the Northern Potoo

  7. Motmots: Momotidae • Three species in Belize • Blue-crowned Motmot (common) • Tody Motmot (Less common) • Keel-billed Motmot (rare)

  8. Jacamars: Galbulidae • One species in Belize, the Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Galbula ruficauda

  9. Toucans: Ramphastidae • Three species in Belize: we are most likely to see the Keel-billed Toucan • Also there are Collared Aracari and Emerald Toucanet

  10. Woodcreepers: Dendrocolaptidae • similar to woodpeckers and Brown Creeper of North America • Several species, all adapted for gleaning insects from bark

  11. Antbirds • they don’t eat ants, they follow them • Ant shrike •  Ant wren

  12. Black-faced Antthrush

  13. So many birds… • Vireos, warblers, wrens, tanagers….

  14. ...Hummingbirds- 22 species Long-tailed hermit Green-breasted mango

  15. White-necked jacobin Purple-crowned fairy

  16. Northern Jacana Lots of hawks Bat falcon Common black-hawk

  17. Trogons Slaty tailed trogon Violaceous trogon

  18. …Lots of flycatchers Tropical flycatcher

  19. Parrots and allies Red-lored mealy

  20. Birds of the Islands

  21. Laughing gull Royal tern

  22. Brown Pelican

  23. Magnificent Frigate Bird

  24. Brown booby

  25. Brown jay

  26. Ecological Roles: some are unique to the Neotropics, some are similar to those seen in temperate areas • Army ant followers • Fruit eaters and dispersers • Nectarivory and pollination • Niche partitioning: hummingbirds, flycatchers, et al.