There are a lot of birds in Belize. Hell, there are a lot of them right in our own yard.
Mangrove swallows, pictured below, are much smaller and swifter; they skim the water and zoom around a lot.
Like at home, in various trees around the property, we’ve seen (and heard) fat mourning doves, with their familiar lament; woodpeckers rat-a-tatting near and far; mockingbirds trilling their crazy scales; and grackles with their various whoops, whistles, and what we’re calling “bird hairballs.” We even spotted a hummingbird at the bougainvilleas one day.
Nothing like at home, there is also a flock of bright green parrots that roost (and squawk) in the trees next door.
There’s bright yellow-breasted birds that I am guessing might be social flycatchers, including a pair with a nest in one of our palms.
Also brilliant orange birds that may be orioles?
For such a laid-back country, most of these birds are in a hurry. Maybe because of the open space on the property, we can sit on the front porch and watch a cruise missile go by every few seconds in the morning (then they fly off to do whatever they do during the day). Very entertaining!