BELIZE NATIONAL PARKS, NATURAL RESERVES, & WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES

BIRD SANCTUARIES

ESTABLISHMENT HISTORY
These sites were gazetted in September 1977, under the Crown Lands Ordinance 1926.

CURRENT AREA
Combined the sites amount to approximately 13 acres. Mapping them correctly requires a bit of imagination, since the gazette contains several errors, the sites for example, all being placed in the eastern hemisphere. Not all the cayes are mapped either.

JUSTIFICATION
These series of reserves were gazetted for the protection of waterfowl nesting and roosting colonies.

HABITATS
Mangrove cayes.

WILDLIFE
The sites' wildlife is as follows: Bird Caye: in Northern Lagoon, red mangrove, breeding colony for egrets, herons, Anhingas, Double-crested Cormorants and White Ibis.

Doubloon Bank Caye: inland, but comprises a mangrove caye in Doubloon Bank Lagoon, with nesting Wood Storks, egrets herons, Anhingas and formerly Roseate Spoonbill. A site visit in March 1996 showed no birds were nesting.

Little Guana Caye (Cayo Pajaros): off the west coast of northern Ambergris Caye, this mangrove caye has the largest nesting colony of Reddish Egrets in the Caribbean. There are also nesting White lbis and Tri-coloured Herons. Roseate Spoonbills used to nest.

Man-O-War Caye: mangrove caye between Dangriga and Tobacco Reef, this is the only nesting site in Belize for the Brown Booby, and is also a nesting site for White-crowned Pigeons and Magnificent Frigate Birds.

Little Monkey Caye: this mangrove caye at the mouth of the Monkey Rim is a nesting site for Great Egrets, Magnificent Frigate Birds, other waders, etc.

Un-named Caye: between Sand Point and Mosquito Caye, west of southern end of Ambergris Caye, this is a nesting site for many wading birds including Roseate Spoonbills.

Un-named Caye: in Northern Lagoon, to the south of Bird Caye. Has nesting Great Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Boat-billed Herons, White Ibis and cormorants.

VISITOR FACILITIES
None. Bird Caye and Pigeon Caye are visited by tourists from Belize City and Gales Point. Man 0' War is visited by tourists frorn Dangriga, Southwater Caye and other resorts in the area. The Un-named Caye, between Sand Point and Mosquito Caye, is visited by tourists from San Pedro.

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