Birds of Ambergris Caye
|Birds can fly where they want, when they want,|
or so it seems
by Elbert Greer
Birds of Ambergris Caye is a weekly column in The San Pedro Sun, a small
weekly local newspaper published on Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America.
The column contains information about the 260 species of birds that
occur on that island and its collection of mangrove cayes.
Ambergris Caye is a unique island with all its bird species not yet fully
recorded. The column's "Bird of the Week" format contains details of bird
observations along with morphological classifications.
Mr. Greer sometimes
provides some humour as he accounts the observations with the help and
company of his Labrador companion, "Bubba." Bubba sometimes contributes mild
metaphors about life on the island and certain birds.
The Tiger Heron
Bubba on Bird Emotions
The Yellow Crowned Night Heron
The Forked-Tail Flycatcher
The Whistling Duck
Barstool Bird Watching
Here are a few words from Mr. Greer:
Birds of Ambergris Caye is the title of the column I've been writing for the
Sun. Ambergris is a unique island behind the barrier reef and is host for 260 or
so different species during the year. This is a large number for a barrier reef
In the country of Belize 534 species have been counted. For those of you who
are new to Birdwatching I should explain that the entire world has 8,600 different species spread thinly over the varied habitats this planet has between its
poles. 534 is a spectacular variety for a country the size of Belize. This number
is largely due to the diversity of habitat within its borders.
I've decided to expand my writing to include all the birds of Belize and journey off the island to the mainland. Next week I plan to visit a unique conjuncture
of savanna habitat and jungle habitat up the Northern River past Bomba, to its
end near the village of Maskall. I've been hearing rumors about fresh water
springs there that attract avafauna in the dry season.
Bubba will be staying at home to cover island events. He has never come to
terms with creatures like crocodiles and jungle cats that I'm sure to encounter.
I'm packing my big boots.
Mr. Greer writes from a remote end of the island with no phone,
electricity or street address. He may be reached by post (which he prefers)
and his address is Elbert Greer, General Delivery, Ambergris Caye, Belize,
Central America. However, he can also be reached by e-mail through the
newspaper at [email protected]
Guided birdwatching tours by boat around the island, through its many
channels and lagoons or visits to its neighboring mangrove islands can
be arranged by contacting:
For more birding information,
Ramon's Dive Shop,
Susan LaLa at Caribbean Villas