Are these guys cute or what? We feel honored that they choose to visit duPlooy’s deck on a regular basis, sometimes singly or with the whole family. Supposedly they make good pets, being the gentle docile animals they are, but we prefer seeing them free.
Kinkajous are nocturnal animals so look for them just around dark. Remember that their eyes are very sensitive so that’s why we ask people not to use their flash when photographing them.
Visiting Birds are starting to arrive and Birding in Belize promises to be as great as ever this year. Come join us at duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge for a 3-day course in bird and plant ID or spend your time with one of our expert bird guides who will help you find the birds you are looking for on your list.
duPlooy Travel, just a phone call or email away can help you plan your trip to Belize no matter what kind of nature-based vacation you are looking for.
There’s no better place for Birding in Belize than duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge!
One of the Creatures of the Night you may encounter on a Night-walk at duPlooy’s is the Common Pauraque, one of the many species of night jars. This evening bird has the peculiar habit of waiting on the road or trail until you are only a few feet away, before flying off just far enough away so you will soon be upon them again, whereas they seem to wait once again for you to approach to within a few feet of them, before darting off again.
Come to duPlooy’s deck around 6-6:30 almost any evening and you will meet our Kinkajou visitors. Sometimes there are several and sometimes only one. Even if you’re not staying with us, you are welcome to join us for a drink and/or dinner on our deck.
Chachalacas and Other Creatures
You may find that Belize is quite different than what you may be used to, providing changes in climate, language, culture, people and even insects to discover and in which to delight.
Some will be unfazed by the sudden early am chortle (ruckus) of Chachalacas (aka: bush chickens) just outside their window or ants in their deodorant stick (keep containers and zippers closed) or more likely marching in single file down a sidewalk and disappearing off into the jungle with their “leaf of the day”.
Birding in Belize is great at duPlooy’s & BBG (Belize Botanic Gardens). Join us for morning coffee or tea on the deck from 6:30-7;30 am. There are also birds visiting all during the day, but the complimentary coffee ends at 7:30. .
Birders’ Alert!!! Book a morning or evening guided walk through the gardens and around the property to see some of the many birds that have taken up residence on the property. Let one of our expert bird guides, Philip Mai or Wilfred Mutrie, show you around.
27 years ago when we first arrived in Belize our 100 acre property was a cattle farm. It still amazes us that our vegetation could grow so much is such a short time and go from having only a few birds and animals living on the property to more than 300 species within a 5-mile radius.
Pick up a checklist in the Gift Shop if you want to keep count or look for some specfici birds.
Birding in Belize is Great at duPlooy’s & BBG
Serious birders, plan your itinerary based on the birds you would like to see – just let us know before you arrive what you’d like to see and our guides will try and find them for you.
Check out the birds in the video. These are some of the birds that visit duPlooy’s Deck. See the Emerald Toucanet holding court on the feeder, defending his breakfast from larger chachalacas, brown jays, a blue-crowned motmot, some little guys – redstart, yellow-winged tanager, – and up in the gumbolimbo tree, masked tityra – and lots more missed by our cameraman.
For the best Birding in Belize create your own vacation with duPlooy’s. Start your day with an early morning bird walk with one of our expert guides and then check out some of the many species that visit our bird deck in the mornings and throughout the day. There is always coffee or tea on deck from 6:30am so you can relax while the birds visit you.
A bat falcon sighting is always a thrill and one can often be seen perched on a branch of a dead tree. Sometimes you can see his breakfast mouse, other bird or snake clutched in his talons.
Another regular at the deck at duPlooy’s is the blue-crowned motmot. See its “vanity tail”
For some of the best birding in Belize, try Birding in Belize with duPlooy’s. You can let us know ahead of time if you are looking for specific birds to add to your list and we can help plan your itinerary around it. Or discuss each day with your guide where best to find birds you are looking for.
If you just like to look at birds, all of our expert guides can point out the ones you see along the way to one of our many adventure activities. If you are a serious birder, book your birding vacation far enough in advance to make sure you get one of our specialist bird guides.
Pick up a Bird Checklist at the office if you want to keep track. If you see anything that is not listed, verify it with your guide and let us know so that we can add it to the list. Quite a few of our additions have been supplied by our guests.
… joining us on the deck for cocktail hour. While you are enjoying your half-price rum drinks, they are chowing down on complementary fruits and entertaining us all as they swing down from the trees to grab their complimentary snacks.
Here’s a little bit of Kinkajou information so that you will appear to be “in the know” when discussing Kinkajous with other guests.
Little Known factoid – Though many of its features and traits sound like those of a primate, the kinkajou is actually related to the raccoon.
They visit our deck almost every night for a bananasnack. Guests have great time feeding the family, and we do try to limit the food we give them so that they will not become dependent on our feeding them but sometimes we just can’t resist and apparently neither can our guests.