Birds of Long Caye

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A Birdwatchers Paradise

Birdwatching is amazing on Long Caye. Belize is home to some 500+ species of resident and migratory birds. With varied ecosystems ranging from coastal mangroves and swamps; to isolated barrier-reef cayes; to dense tropical rainforest and clear, open savannahs, Belize is a wonderful destination for avid bird-watchers and amateurs alike.

For tropical migratory birds, the island serves as an essential rest stop during the long flights north and south. As more and more habitats around the world are stressed or lost, our preservation ethos on Long Caye plays an increasingly important role in this seasonal migration. We are beginning a “Community Bird Journal” on Long Caye, so if you can add to this list after a visit, please let us know your sitings.

Half Moon Caye, a Belize National Park, is just 3 miles away from Long Caye within the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. This isolated wildlife and marine reserve is a major nesting site for the red-footed booby. Thousands of these birds can be spotted on the island at any one time, an amazing sight. In addition, you ca also spot a wide range of resident and migratory sea birds here. Being so remote, it’s like we have our own “private” National Park!

Diverse Bird Species

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1.    Black-necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
2.    Boat-billed heron (Cochlearius cochlearius)
3.    Bridled tern (Sterna anaethetus)
4.    Brown noddy (Anous stolidus)
5.    Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
6.    Cinnamon hummingbird (Amazilia rutila)
7.    Clapper rail (Rallus longirostris)
8.    Common egret (Casmerodius albus)
9.    Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
10. Frigate bird (Fregata magnificens)
11. Golden-fronted woodpeckers (Centurus aurifrons)
12. Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
13. Great-tailed grackle (Cassidix mexicanus)
14. Green heron (Butorides viriscens)
15. Green-breasted mango (Anthracothorax prevostii)
16. Laughing gull (Larus atricilla)
17. Least tern (Sterna albifrons)
18. Little blue heron (Florida caerulea)
19. Mangrove cuckoo (Coccyzus minor)
20. Mangrove swallow (Iridoprocne albilinea)
21. Mangrove warbler (Dendroica petechia)
22. Osprey (Pandion haliatus)
23. Pale-vented pigeon (Columba cayennesis)
24. Red-footed booby (Sula sula)
25. Reddish egret (Dichromanassa rufescens)
26. Roseate tern (Sterna dougallii)
27. Sandwich tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)
28. Snowy egret (Leucophoyx thula)
29. Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)
30. Thick-billed plover (Charadrius wilsonia)
31. Tri-colored heron (Hydranssa tricolor)
32. Tropical mockingbird (Mimus gilvus)
33. White ibis (Endocimus albus)
34. White-crowned pigeon (Columba leucocephala)
35. White-winged dove (Zenaida asiactica)
36. Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus)
37. Yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
1.    Black catbird (Melanoptila glabirostris)
2.    Caribbean elaenia (Elaenia martinica)
3.    Common ground dove (Columbina passerina)
4.    Great kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)
5.    Ground chat (Chamaethlypis poliocephala)
6.    Hooded oriole (Icterus cucullatus)
7.    Mangrove vireo (Vireo pallens)
8.    Red-throated ant tanager (Habia gutturalis)
9.    Smooth-billed ani (Crotophaga ani)
10. Tropical kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)
11. White-collared seedeater (Sporophila torqueola)
12. Yucatan vireo  (Vireo magister)
1.    American redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
2.    Belted kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)
3.    Black and white warbler (Mniotilta varia)
4.    Black-throated blue warbler (Dendroica virens)
5.    Blue-winged warbler (Verminvora pinus)
6.    Cape May warbler (Dendroica tigrina)
7.    Common yellowthroat (Geothylpis trichas)
8.    Grey catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
9.    Hooded warbler (Wilsonia citrina)
10. Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
11. Least sandpiper (Erolia minutilla)
12. Magnolia warbler (Dendroica magnolia)
13. Northern parula (Parula americana)
14. Northern waterthrush (Seiurus noveboracensis)
15. Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)
16. Palm Warbler (Dendroica palmarum)
17. Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)
18. Royal tern (Thalasseus maximus)
19. Semipalmated plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
20. Tennessee warbler (Vermivora peregrina)
21. Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus)
22. Worm-eating warbler (Helmitheros vermivorus)
23. Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
24. Yellow-throated warbler (Dendroica dendroica)
1.    Black-bellied plover (Squatarola squatarola)
2.    Brown booby (Sula leugogaster)
3.    Caspian tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
4.    Masked booby (Sula dactylatra)
5.    Melodious blackbird (Dives dives)
6.    Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
7.    Spotted sandpiper (Actitis macularia)
8.    Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura)
9.    Vermillion-crowned flycatcher (Myziozetetes similis)
1.    Acadian flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)
2.    Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula)
3.    Bank swallow (Riparia riparia)
4.    Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)
5.    Bay-breasted warbler (Dendroica castanea)
6.    Black tern (Chlidonias niger)
7.    Blackburnian warbler (Dendroica fusca)
8.    Blue grosbeak (Guiraca caerulea)
9.    Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
10. Brown-crested fltcatcher (Myiarchus tyrannulus)
11. Canada warbler (Wilsonia canadensis)
12. Cedar waxwing (Bomycilla cedrorum)
13. Cerulea warbler (Dendroica cerulea)
14. Chestnut-sided warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica)
15. Chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina)
16. Cliff swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
17. Collared plover (Charadrius collaris)
18. Common snipe (Capella gallinago)
19. Connecticut warbler (Oporornis philadelphia)
20. Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
21. Eastern kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
22. Eastern wood-pewee (Contopus virens)
23. Golden-winged warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera)
24. Grasshopper sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)
25. Great-crested fltcatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
26. Greater yellowlegs (Totanus melanoleucas)
27. Grey-cheeked thrush (Hylocichla minima)
28. Indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea)
29. Kentucky warbler (Oporornis formosus)
30. Lesser nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)
31. Louisiana waterthrush (Seiurus motacilla)
32. Merlin (Falco columbarius)
33. Mourning warbler (Oporonis philadelphia)
34. Orchard oriole (Icterus spurius)
35. Painted bunting (Passerina ciris)
36. Pectoral sandpiper (Erolia fuscicollis)
37. Piratic flycatcher (Legatus leocophaius)
38. Prairie warbler (Dendroica discolor)
39. Prothonotary warbler (Protonotaria citrea)
40. Red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
41. Rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
42. Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
43. Sanderling (Crocethia alba)
44. Semipalmated sandpiper (Ereunetes pusillus)
45. Sora (Porzana carolina)
46. Sulfur-bellied flycatcher (Myiodynastes luteiventris)
47. Summer tanager (Piranga olivacea)
48. Tawny-collared nightjar (Caprimulgus salvini)
49. Upland plover (Bartramis longicauda)
50. Western sandpiper (Ereunetes mauri)
51. White-eyed vireo (Vireo griseus)
52. White-rumped sandpiper (Erolia fuscicollis)
53. Wilson’s warbler (Wilsonia pusilla)
54. Wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
55. Yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
56. Yellow-green vireo (Vireo flavifrons)
1.    Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)
2.    Black-whiskered vireo (Vireo altiloquus)
3.    Cattle egret (Bulbulcus ibis)
4.    Fork-tailed flyercatcher (Muscivora tyrannus)
5.    Least grebe (Podiceps dominicus)
6.    Olivaceous cormorant (Phalacrocorax olivaceus)

Our Philosophy

Living on Long Caye is existing on a private island where you are an integral part of the eco-system.  You are part of how the island and the community stays healthy.  The Community on Long Caye (the development itself) is designed to promote and sustain the health of the surrounding tropical reef and jungle environment. Residents and businesses, understand that by honoring the Eco-guidelines we can “have our cake and eat it, too” by respecting the natural assets. Your parcel and home is a part of the overall design of all-encompassing, unsurpassed access to an extraordinary ecological system while ACTIVELY preserving the the Caye and its surrounds.  We have designed the community with a long term vision.

All of Long Caye is essentially a preserve. Stewardship of the surrounding environment is a core value for us. We take a long term, holistic approach to building community on Long Caye, through the mindful, yet aggressive, adoption of leading edge environmentally friendly technologies. We seek to demonstrate to the world the achievements possible when people, passion and technology team up with nature to create an extraordinary living and visiting experience. Our Conservation Ethos is enacted in perpetuity by the Eco-Guidelines – and they ensure that Long Caye will be here for future generations. As stewards of the atoll, we will not sacrifice our ecological standards or compromise our principals.

We hope to bridge the gap between the enjoyment of access and conscientious preservation of the natural environment – to prove that environmental assets can be preserved, protected AND enjoyed in a fashion that actually promotes the long term health of such assets for the greater good. Community and Conservation priorities are fulfilled with a deep and abiding respect for the Local Culture that has preceded us for centuries in the Lighthouse Reef atoll. We are friends, supporters and business partners to the fishers that have responsibly used the Lighthouse Reef for their livelihood for generations. We understand and promote sustainable business in the Atoll and on the Caye.