Bird Watching at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in Belize – White-Collard Seedeaters

Flower Garden at Lower Dover in Belize

During the fall of 2011, the flower garden outside the bunkhouse at Lower Dover Field Station and Jungle Lodge was in full bloom with Zinnias. It was a great time to view all kinds of tropical butterflies and a bird’s nest up close in personal.

Butterfly near Dormitory at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge

I sat one afternoon, on the dormitory porch, knowing that I could get a great photo of what ever bird came back to it’s nest. Luckily I was able to see both mom and dad.  I consulted Birds of Belize by H. Lee Jones to find out just what I was photographing. Turns out this was a breeding pair of White-Collard Seedeaters (Sporophila torqueola). Both approximately 10 cm in height.

Baby White Collared Seed Eaters

According to Jones (A bird watching god in Belize), the male is identified two ways. This male had alternative markings, characterized as “boldly patterned black and white with a white throat, black breast band, and white wing-bars and rump.”

Mr White Collard Seed Eater

The female of the species is identified as being “olive brown, with light brown to whitish wing-bars.”

Mrs White Collared Seed Eater -Lower Dover Belize

These two were feasting on the drying flower seeds, an easy picture for even novice birders at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge. The babies grew amazingly fast! I checked them once early in the week only to be attacked by the parents, but not before getting a great shot of these youngsters. Only 3 days later they were gone! Please grow up fast little guys for more exciting Lower Dover birding opportunities in the future…

Mr White Collard Seed Eater - Birdwatching in Belize

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78 thoughts on “Bird Watching at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in Belize – White-Collard Seedeaters

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  2. Well my point exactly, this is obviously where all the birds are! Not in my garden! It must be amazing to be surrounded by such beauty. I shall follow your blog with interest.

  3. Hey, bird watching isn’t necessarily my thing, but I remember you from before and wanted to say congrats on winning over the FP gods. I’m still very interested in visiting the station one of these days. The place seems like the ultimate if one is searching for some R&R.

    • Dinkerson,
      If you wanted a place more laid back, you could consider a grave. Otherwise this is the spot to kick it! Leave you watch and your worries behind and hit us up when you want to stop by! Thanks for viewing our blog…birding is just one of our things. We plan on extensively covering our archaeology dig of the on site Maya site “Lower Dover” this summer.

      • Now that does sound interesting. Seems like getting something like that approved would be a daunting task. Way to go, I’ll be keeping up with the process.

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    • Thanks Bruce! Sometimes its just so easy at Lower Dover to get shots because amazing birds are flying around everywhere. We are nothing more than amateur photographers also. If I was musically inclined like Bob Marley I would have already had a #1 hit singing about it. Instead FP will have to do for now!

    • Its a great place to visit for relaxing in nature. Lower Dover is perfect for photographers. Also a perfect launch point for doing Mayan tours in 2012! We have a large Mayan Ruin on site, and 100 acres of jungle to hike along the Belize River. Hope we see you in the future for a guest blog!

  5. enjoyed the post. I was in Belize for one day, I hope to return to really enjoy a longer visit. I also photograph Nature, flowers, birds etc and two years ago brought a book to help me identifiy exactly what I was photographying. Very helpful :-)

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  7. Those are some great shots; you can never go wrong with the various birds that circulate around us. There are so many amazing things , on this planet, we just have to open up to it.Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:))

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