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Chan Chich / Crooked Tree & Ambergris Cay

26 February - 6 March 1996

by Stuart Daniels

Chan Chich is an outstanding Lodge in pristine wilderness.  Well maintained (constructed over past 8 yrs).  The nicest we've visited.  It is built within a Maya plaza of the Classic Maya period of 250-800 AD.  The staff was delightful.  The water & food safe to consume.  Excellent birding - hunting is not permitted. Feral & domestic animals are well controlled.

For information about Chan Chich:
In USA - (800)343-8009      FAX (508)693-6311
In Belize - (501)2-75634    FAX (501)2-76961

Bird list follows:

Great Tinamou                   Tinamus major
Plain Chachalaca                Ortalis vetula
Crested Guan                    Penelope purpurascens
Great Curassow                  Crax rubra
Ocellated Turkey                Agriocharis ocellata
Spotted Wood-Quail              Odontophorus guttatus     BEST DUET
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    Dendrocygna autumnalis
Muscovy Duck                    Cairina moschata
Blue-winged Teal                Anas discors
Acorn Woodpecker                Melanerpes formicivorus
Black-cheeked Woodpecker        Melanerpes pucherani
Golden-fronted Woodpecker       Melanerpes aurifrons
Chestnut-colored Woodpecker     Celeus castaneus
Lineated Woodpecker             Dryocopus lineatus
Pale-billed Woodpecker          Campephilus guatemalensis
Emerald Toucanet                Aulacorhynchus prasinus
Collared Aracari                Pteroglossus torquatus
Keel-billed Toucan              Ramphastos sulfuratus
Rufous-tailed Jacamar           Galbula ruficauda
White-whiskered Puffbird        Malacoptila panamensis
Slaty-tailed Trogon             Trogon massena
Black-headed Trogon             Trogon melanocephalus
Collared Trogon                 Trogon collaris
Violaceous Trogon               Trogon violaceus
Tody Motmot                     Hylomanes momotula
Blue-crowned Motmot             Momotus momota
Belted Kingfisher               Megaceryle alcyon
Ringed Kingfisher               Megaceryle torquata
Green Kingfisher                Chloroceryle americana
American Pygmy Kingfisher       Chloroceryle aenea
Squirrel Cuckoo                 Piaya cayana
Groove-billed Ani               Crotophaga sulcirostris
Olive-throated Parakeet         Aratinga nana
White-crowned Parrot            Pionus senilis
Red-lored Parrot                Amazona autumnalis
Yellow-headed Parrot            Amazona oratrix
Mealy Parrot                    Amazona farinosa
Vaux's Swift                    Chaetura vauxi
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift     Panyptila cayennensis
Long-tailed Hermit              Phaethornis superciliosus
Little Hermit                   Phaethornis longuemareus
Scaly-breasted Hummingbird      Phaeochroa cuvierii
White-necked Jacobin            Florisuga mellivora
Green-breasted Mango            Anthracothorax prevostii
Fork-tailed Emerald             Chlorostilbon canivetii
White-bellied Emerald           Amazilia candida
Cinnamon Hummingbird            Amazilia rutila
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird       Amazilia tzacatl
Purple-crowned Fairy            Heliothryx barroti         Great views bathing
Ruby-throated Hummingbird       Archilochus colubris
Vermiculated Screech-Owl        Otus vermiculatus
Mottled Owl                     Strix virgata
Black-and-white Owl             Strix nigrolineata
Common Potoo                    Nyctibius jamaicensis
Lesser Nighthawk                Chordeiles acutipennis
Pauraque                        Nyctidromus albicollis      (bring ear plugs)
Yucatan Poorwill                Nyctiphrynus yucatanicus
Rock Dove (Pigeon)              Columba livia
Scaled Pigeon                   Columba speciosa
Pale-vented Pigeon              Columba cayennensis
Red-billed Pigeon               Columba flavirostris
Short-billed Pigeon             Columba nigrirostris
White-winged Dove               Zenaida asiatica
Common Ground-Dove              Columbina passerina
Ruddy Ground-Dove               Columbina talpacoti
Blue Ground-Dove                Claravis pretiosa
Grey-fronted Dove               Leptotila rufaxilla
Ruddy Quail-Dove                Geotrygon montana
Limpkin                         Aramus guarauna
Sungrebe                        Heliornis fulica
Ruddy Crake                     Laterallus ruber
Grey-necked Wood-Rail           Aramides cajanea
American Coot                   Fulica americana
Whimbrel                        Numenius phaeopus
Greater Yellowlegs              Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser Yellowlegs               Tringa flavipes
Solitary Sandpiper              Tringa solitaria
Spotted Sandpiper               Tringa macularia
Ruddy Turnstone                 Arenaria interpres
Northern Jacana                 Jacana spinosa
Black-necked Stilt              Himantopus mexicanus
Killdeer                        Charadrius vociferus
Black Skimmer                   Rynchops niger
Bonaparte's Gull                Larus philadelphia      May be new for Belize
Laughing Gull                   Larus atricilla
Gull-billed Tern                Sterna nilotica
Caspian Tern                    Sterna caspia
Royal Tern                      Sterna maxima
Sandwich Tern                   Sterna sandvicensis
Osprey                          Pandion haliaetus
Grey-headed Kite                Leptodon cayanensis
Hook-billed Kite                Chondrohierax uncinatus
American Swallow-tailed Kite    Elanoides forficatus
White-Tailed Kite               Elanus caeruleus
Snail Kite                      Rostrhamus sociabilis
Double-toothed Kite             Harpagus bidentatus
Plumbeous Kite                  Ictinia plumbea
Crane Hawk                      Geranospiza caerulescens
White Hawk                      Leucopternis albicollis
Common Black-Hawk               Buteogallus anthracinus
Great Black-Hawk                Buteogallus urubitinga
Black-collared Hawk             Busarellus nigricollis
Grey Hawk                       Asturina plagiata
Roadside Hawk                   Buteo magnirostris
Broad-winged Hawk               Buteo platypterus
Short-tailed Hawk               Buteo brachyurus
Black-and-White Hawk-Eagle      Spizastur melanoleucus
Ornate Hawk-Eagle               Spizaetus ornatus
Laughing Falcon                 Herpetotheres cachinnans
Barred Forest-Falcon            Micrastur ruficollis
Collared Forest-Falcon          Micrastur semitorquatus
American Kestrel                Falco sparverius
Bat Falcon                      Falco rufigularis
Peregrine Falcon                Falco peregrinus        Seen taking Am. Coot
Pied-billed Grebe               Podilymbus podiceps
Anhinga                         Anhinga anhinga
Neotropic Cormorant             Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested Cormorant        Phalacrocorax auritus
Reddish Egret                   Egretta rufescens
Tricolored Heron                Egretta tricolor
Little Blue Heron               Egretta caerulea
Snowy Egret                     Egretta thula
Great Blue Heron                Ardea herodias
Great Egret                     Casmerodius albus
Cattle Egret                    Bubulcus ibis
Green Heron (Green-backed)      Butorides striatus
Agami Heron                     Agamia agami
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron      Nyctanassa violacea
Black-crowned Night-Heron       Nycticorax nycticorax
Boat-billed Heron               Cochlearius cochlearia
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron       Tigrisoma mexicanum
White Ibis                      Eudocimus albus
Glossy Ibis                     Plegadis falcinellus
Roseate Spoonbill               Ajaia ajaja
Brown Pelican                   Pelecanus occidentalis
Black Vulture                   Coragyps atratus
Turkey Vulture                  Cathartes aura
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture    Cathartes burrovianus
King Vulture                    Sarcoramphus papa
Wood Stork                      Mycteria americana
Jabiru                          Jabiru mycteria
Magnificent Frigatebird         Fregata magnificens
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher        Mionectes oleagineus
Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher    Todirostrum sylvia
Common Tody-Flycatcher          Todirostrum cinereum
Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet       Ornithion semiflavum
Greenish Elaenia                Myiopagis viridicata
Yellow-bellied Elaenia          Elaenia flavogaster
Northern Bentbill               Oncostoma cinereigulare
Eye-ringed Flatbill             Rhynchocyclus brevirostris
Yellow-olive Flycatcher         Tolmomyias sulphurescens
Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher         Myiobius erythrurus
Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher       Myiobius barbatus
Olive-sided Flycatcher          Contopus borealis
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher       Empidonax flaviventris
Least Flycatcher                Empidonax minimus
Vermilion Flycatcher            Pyrocephalus rubinus
Bright-rumped Attila            Attila spadiceus
Rufous Mourner                  Rhytipterna holerythra
Dusky-capped Flycatcher         Myiarchus tuberculifer
Great Crested Flycatcher        Myiarchus crinitus
Tropical Kingbird               Tyrannus melancholicus
Couch's Kingbird                Tyrannus couchii
Fork-tailed Flycatcher          Tyrannus savana
Boat-billed Flycatcher          Megarynchus pitangua
Social Flycatcher               Myiozetetes similis
Great Kiskadee                  Pitangus sulphuratus
Thrush-like Schiffornis         Schiffornis turdinus
Masked Tityra                   Tityra semifasciata
Black-crowned Tityra            Tityra inquisitor
Red-capped Manakin              Pipra mentalis
White-collared Manakin          Manacus candei
Barred Antshrike                Thamnophilus doliatus
Dot-winged Antwren              Microrhopias quixensis
Dusky Antbird                   Cercomacra tyrannina
Rufous-breasted Spinetail       Synallaxis erythrothorax
Scaly-throated Leaftosser       Sclerurus guatemalensis
Plain Xenops                    Xenops minutus
Tawny-winged Woodcreeper        Dendrocincla anabatina
Ruddy Woodcreeper               Dendrocincla homochroa
Olivaceous Woodcreeper          Sittasomus griseicapillus
Strong-billed Woodcreeper       Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus
Barred Woodcreeper              Dendrocolaptes certhia
Ivory-billed Woodcreeper        Xiphorhynchus flavigaster
Black-faced Antthrush           Formicarius analis
Rufous-browed Peppershrike      Cyclarhis gujanensis
Green Shrike-Vireo              Vireolanius pulchellus
White-eyed Vireo                Vireo griseus
Mangrove Vireo                  Vireo pallens
Yellow-throated Vireo           Vireo flavifrons
Tawny-crowned Greenlet          Hylophilus ochraceiceps
Lesser Greenlet                 Hylophilus decurtatus
Yucatan Jay                     Cyanocorax yucatanicus
Brown Jay                       Psilorhinus morio
Cedar Waxwing                   Bombycilla cedrorum
Wood Thrush                     Catharus mustelinus
Clay-colored Robin (Thrush)     Turdus grayi
White-throated Robin (Thrush)   Turdus assimilis
Grey Catbird                    Dumetella carolinensis
Black Catbird                   Melanoptila glabrirostris
Tropical Mockingbird            Mimus gilvus
Spot-breasted Wren              Thryothorus maculipectus
House Wren                      Troglodytes aedon
White-breasted Wood-Wren        Henicorhina leucosticta
Long-billed Gnatwren            Ramphocaenus melanurus
Mangrove Swallow                Tachycineta albilinea
Purple Martin                   Progne subis
Grey-breasted Martin            Progne chalybea
Northern Rough-winged Swallow   Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Barn Swallow                    Hirundo rustica
Green-backed Sparrow            Arremonops chloronotus
Blue-winged Warbler             Vermivora pinus
Tennessee Warbler               Vermivora peregrina
Northern Parula                 Parula americana
Yellow Warbler                  Dendroica petechia
Chestnut-sided Warbler          Dendroica pensylvanica
Magnolia Warbler                Dendroica magnolia
Cape May Warbler                Dendroica tigrina
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  Dendroica coronata
Black-throated Green Warbler    Dendroica virens
Yellow-throated Warbler         Dendroica dominica
Palm Warbler                    Dendroica palmarum
Black-and-white Warbler         Mniotilta varia
American Redstart               Setophaga ruticilla
Prothonotary Warbler            Protonotaria citrea
Worm-eating Warbler             Helmitheros vermivorus
Ovenbird                        Seiurus aurocapillus
Northern Waterthrush            Seiurus noveboracensis
Louisiana Waterthrush           Seiurus motacilla
Kentucky Warbler                Oporornis formosus
Common Yellowthroat             Geothlypis trichas
Hooded Yellowthroat             Geothlypis nelsoni
Wilson's Warbler                Wilsonia pusilla
Grey-throated Chat              Granatellus sallaei
Grey-headed Tanager             Eucometis penicillata
Black-throated Shrike-Tanager   Lanio aurantius
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager         Habia rubica
Red-throated Ant-Tanager        Habia fuscicauda
Summer Tanager                  Piranga rubra
Rose-throated Tanager           Piranga roseogularis
Blue-grey Tanager               Thraupis episcopus caerulea
Yellow-winged Tanager           Thraupis abbas
Yellow-throated Euphonia        Euphonia hirundinacea
Golden-masked Tanager           Tangara larvata
Red-legged Honeycreeper         Cyanerpes cyaneus
Blue-black Grassquit            Volatinia jacarina
White-collared Seedeater        Sporophila torqueola
Rose-breasted Grosbeak          Pheucticus ludovicianus
Northern Cardinal               Cardinalis cardinalis
Black-faced Grosbeak            Caryothraustes poliogaster
Black-headed Saltator           Saltator atriceps
Blue-black Grosbeak             Cyanocompsa cyanoides
Blue Bunting                    Cyanocompsa parellina
Indigo Bunting                  Passerina cyanea
Montezuma Oropendola            Gymnostinops montezuma
Yellow-billed Cacique           Amblycercus holosericeus
Yellow-backed Oriole            Icterus chrysater
Yellow-tailed Oriole            Icterus mesomelas
Northern Oriole (Baltimore)     Icterus galbula
Hooded Oriole                   Icterus cucullatus
Orchard Oriole                  Icterus spurius
Black-cowled Oriole             Icterus dominicensis
Red-winged Blackbird            Agelaius phoeniceus
Melodious Blackbird             Dives dives
Great-tailed Grackle            Quiscalus mexicanus
Giant Cowbird                   Scaphidura oryzivora

Seen =  262
Seen+Heard = 266


big fruit bat species
Brazilian Long-nosed Bat
Central American agouti
Central American Spider Monkey
Deppe's Squirrel
Grey Fox
Mexican Black Howler Monkey
Northern Raccoon
Northern Tamandua
White-nosed Coatimundi
white tailed deer

Other critters of interest:

army ant
bullhorn acacia ant
Common Boa
Coral Snake
king snake species
leafcutter ant
Stiped Basilisk Lizard

Species list uses Sibley-Monroe Classification.

Stuart Daniels
N. Attleboro, MA

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