Tropical Birdwatching: Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet in Belize

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet bird photo in Belize

We caught a quick bird photo of this Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet while hiking along the medicinal plant trail at Lower Dover Belize Jungle Lodge. Lower Dover has plenty of flycatchers to see, including the Great Kiskadee, our logo’s inspiration.

Notice the bright orange lower mandible of the flycatcher

According to Birds of Belize, by H. Lee Jones, the Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet does not have the colorful markings common in flycatchers. Rather, it is the distinct, bright orange lower mandible, that identifies this jungle bird (click on the photo for a better look). Tropical birdwatchers will find the Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet sometimes hanging upside down while gleaning insects. Maybe you can get that bird photograph while visiting Lower Dover Jungle Lodge!


Jungle Bird Photos : Female White-Collared Seedeater

Earlier we wrote a story how we were fortunate to have a nesting pair of White Collard Seedeaters right outside of the bunkhouse at Lower Dover Belize Jungle Lodge. This kind of seedeater is very common in the fields and along forest edges throughout the Cayo District.

Female White Collared Seedeater photograph in bamboo

While on a bird watching hike along the Belize River, we spotted this female White-Collared Seedeater perched on a bamboo thistle overhanging the confluence of Barton Creek and the Belize River.

Bird Photography in Belize at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge

In the absence of the clearly marked male nearby, we identified this female jungle bird by it’s buff to whitish wingbars thanks to Birds of Belize, by H. Lee Jones.

Clearly marked wingbars make this female bird easy to identify

Bird Watching in Belize: Black-Headed Saltator

Black-Headed Saltator seen while bird watching at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge

One of the best parts of hiking near the unexcavated Mayan site of Lower Dover in Belize is the surrounding wildlife. The jungle lodge at Lower Dover contains some of the last remaining bush area along the Belize River in the Cayo District. This vital habitat provides ample opportunity to see birds, all while getting a tour of the Maya ceremonial center in the backyard.

Black Headed Saltator - Bird Photography in Belize

We stumbled upon this group of Black Headed Saltators making a scene in the trees over one of the larger Mayan temples. Most of the time multiple Saltators will be seen traveling together and blasting their bird calls in unison. Luckily for our bird watching friends, we were able to see both the male and female together in the same tree.

Male and Female Black-Headed Saltator on Lower Dover Mayan Temple

Sunday Snapshots – Birding in Belize: Pale-Billed Woodpecker

Just as expected, the dead Guanacaste Tree that we recently trimmed has invited a host of birds that are easy to spot and photograph. This morning we were lucky enough to see (and hear!) this female Pale-Billed Woodpecker, 50 feet from the bunkhouse, while bird watching at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in Belize.

Pale Billed Woodpecker - Birdwatching in Belize

Pale-Billed Woodpecker pecking Guanacaste Tree

Bird watching at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge

Birds of Belize by H. Lee Jones describes the Pale-Billed Woodpecker as “large with a bushy, rounded crest and red head; lateral white line from neck through scapulars to lower back; barred underparts; whitish bill and pale yellow eyes” Jones goes onto indentify this bird as a female due to the presence of black on the woodpecker’s head.

Birding in Belize: Pale-Billed Woodpecker

Bird Photography at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in Belize

Super Foto Friday: Red-lored Parrot

A couple of Red-lored Parrots in Belize.

A few months ago when we started this blog we wrote a story about a White-fronted Parrot. We were so excited that the parrot had posed for some pictures, that we were quick to identify it. In our birding haze, we identified incorrectly.

Red-lored Parrots at Lower Dover.

It was only after sighting the same parrots yesterday, that we realized it was actually a Red-Lored Parrot, and this time the photo posing was even better.

Red-lored Parrots showing off for the camera.

A couple of parrots noticed us below, and decided to put on a show for us. They were exposing their tail feathers, spreading their wings, and the male even went in for a kiss. When we were reviewing the photos we realized that it was Red-lored parrot, and not the White fronted Parrot.

Red-lored Parrots in Belize.

The Red-lored Parrot is also known as the Red-lored Amazon, the Yellow Cheeked Parrot,  and the Mango Parrot.

Red-lored Parrot at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge.

Red-lored Parrots in love.

Going in for the kiss, Red-lored Parrots in love.