Birds without Borders - Aves sin Fronteras ®

Belize Nest-Monitoring Research Results

Birds Without Borders - Aves Sin Fronteras®

The Tropical Education Center (TEC) study site is near the Belize Zoo Jungle Lodge, near mile 27 of the Western Highway. The nest-searching plot is located within a pine savanna.

Our final year of nest searching was 2001 and focused on species that breed mainly in pine savanna habitats: the gray-crowned yellowthroat, white-collared seedeater, fork-tailed flycatcher and yellow-bellied elaenia. In addition, extensive vegetation studies were conducted to define the habitat at each nest as well as in the pine savanna nest plot.

Nest searching research at the TEC study site was very successful. We have accomplished our goal of studying birds that breed in the pine savanna habitat in Belize, analyzed the data and published papers on the breeding biology of the gray-crowned yellowthroat and fork-tailed flycatcher (see link to Presentations and Publications below).

Birds Without Borders - Aves Sin Fronteras® staff members have presented results of the project research at scientific meetings and also published papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Some describe the results of our nest-searching and monitoring in Belize. PDFs of publications (full-text) and presentations (abstracts) can be read and downloaded. Click here to link to the Presentations and Publications list.

We have summarized our Belize research results and produced a manual of recommendations for landowners on how they can manage their land to benefit birds. This manual includes many photos of birds and plants found in Belize. We have also highlighted key portions of the landowner manual in a brochure. We are distributing the manual and the brochure to interested landowners, and you can download them free of charge from the Zoological Society's Web site by clicking here.

Listed below are the bird species whose nests were monitored at the Tropical Education Center study site and their Belize seasonality.

Belize seasonality*:

R = Resident, present year-round
S = Seasonal resident, migrates to Belize to breed (also called breeding migrants).

Species name Belize seasonality*
Pale-vented pigeon (Patagioenas cayennensis) R
Ruddy ground-dove (Columbina talpacoti) R
White-tipped dove (Leptotila verreauxi) R
White-fronted parrot (Amazona albifrons) R
Common nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) S
Azure-crowned hummingbird (Amazilia cyanocephala) R
Black-headed trogon (Trogon melanocephalus) R
Golden-fronted woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) R
Ladder-backed woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) R
Yellow-bellied elaenia (Elaenia flavogaster) R
Tropical pewee (Contopus cinereus) R
Vermilion flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) R
Brown-crested flycatcher (Myiarchus tyrannulus) S
Social flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis) R
Tropical kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) R
Fork-tailed flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) R
Gray-breasted martin (Progne chalybea) S
House wren (Troglodytes aedon) R
Blue-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) R
Tropical mockingbird (Mimus gilvus) R
Gray-crowned yellowthroat (Geothlypis poliocephala) R
Hepatic tanager (Piranga flava) R
White-collared seedeater (Sporophilia torqueola) R
Grassland yellow-finch (Sicalis luteola) R
Chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina) R
Grasshopper sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) R
Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) R
Scrub euphonia (Euphonia affinis) R