COCKSCOMB BASIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY & LIST 

BELIZE

Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 

Best Time for visit (11-14th December, 2004)

 

Birding Site Guide

The entrance to the park is at the small village of Maya Centre south of Dangriga. There is a Mayan Women's Cooperative handicraft shop at the turn-off and they can sell you the entrance ticket which was B$10. They also have a list of accommodation prices in the park and can contact a taxi driver to take you in. There isn't much food available in the park although there is a good kitchen so you should take enough food in with you for the duration of your stay. It is 8km along the gravel road into the park and cost B$30 one-way in the taxi. It would be possible to walk it or hitch with park vehicles if you are lucky. The taxi driver that took me was also a guide and could be hired to take you round the park, although this is not really necessary. In the park, there are several different options for accommodation. It is possible to camp, but I opted for the rustic accommodation which was very reasonable at just B$16 a night. There was no electricity but there were oil lamps which gave some light in the evening. There is a good network of trails and it is definately worth spending a few days here. I was still seeing many new birds in my 3rd day in the park. The park supposedly has one of the highest concentrations of jaguars in the world and it is very easy to see tracks although for the real thing you need a lot of luck. One of the best spots is apparently the access road which the jaguars walk along at night. There is a house at a camp site half way along where you can get a good view along the road. I didn't see any though. I found Great Curassow on the Antelope trail. I also searched for the Keel-billed Motmot on the outlier trail which goes up a steep hill. This is supposedly an overnight trail which you must use guides to visit but I managed it in a day trip but failed to see the motmot. 110 species including 22 lifers.


Species seen

  • Great Tinamou Tinamus major
  • Slaty-breasted Tinamou Crypturellus boucardi
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula
  • Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens
  • Great Curassow Crax rubra Near-threatened
  • Ruddy Crake h Laterallus ruber
  • Short-billed Pigeon Patagioenas nigrirostris
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
  • Gray-headed Dove Leptotila plumbeiceps
  • Gray-chested Dove Leptotila cassini
  • Olive-throated Parakeet Aratinga nana
  • Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi
  • Band-tailed Barbthroat Threnetes ruckeri
  • Little Hermit
  • Western Long-tailed Hermit Phaethornis longirostris
  • Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus
  • Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl
  • White-bellied Emerald Agyrtria candida
  • Black-headed Trogon Trogon melanocephalus
  • Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota
  • Collared Aracari Pteroglossus torquatus
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
  • Smoky-brown Woodpecker Veniliornis fumigatus
  • Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis
  • Plain Xenops Xenops minutus
  • Ruddy Foliage-gleaner Automolus
  • Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner Philydor rufus
  • Tawny-winged Woodcreeper Dendrocincla anabatina
  • Ruddy Woodcreeper Dendrocincla homochroa
  • Ivory-billed Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus flavigaster
  • Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
  • Barred Antshrike Thamnophilus doliatus
  • Dot-winged Antwren Microrhopias quixensis
  • Dusky Antbird Cercomacra tyrannina
  • Black-faced Antthrush Formicarius analis
  • White-collared Manakin Manacus candei
  • Red-capped Manakin Pipra mentalis
  • Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata
  • Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus
  • Northern Bentbill Oncostoma cinereigulare
  • Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
  • Stub-tailed Spadebill Platyrinchus cancrominus
  • Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher Myiobius sulphureipygius
  • Tropical Pewee Contopus cinereus
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
  • Acadian Flycatcher ? Empidonax virescens
  • Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii
  • Thrush-like Schiffornis Schiffornis turdinus
  • Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
  • Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  • Spot-breasted Wren Thryothorus maculipectus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • White-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucosticta
  • Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  • Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
  • Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
  • Long-billed Gnatwren Ramphocaenus melanurus
  • Brown Jay Cyanocorax morio
  • White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  • Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
  • Tawny-crowned Greenlet Hylophilus ochraceiceps
  • Lesser Greenlet Hylophilus decurtatus
  • Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia
  • Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  • American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  • Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorus
  • Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
  • Louisiana Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla
  • Kentucky Warbler Oporornis formosus
  • Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  • Hooded Warbler Wilsonia citrina
  • Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons
  • Gray-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
  • Crimson-collared Tanager Ramphocelus sanguinolentus
  • Passerini's Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Olive-backed Euphonia Euphonia gouldi
  • Golden-hooded Tanager Tangara larvata
  • Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza
  • Shining Honeycreeper Cyanerpes lucidus
  • Red-legged Honeycreeper Cyanerpes cyaneus
  • Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
  • Variable Seedeater Sporophila corvina
  • White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola
  • Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea Rare/Accidental
  • Orange-billed Sparrow Arremon aurantiirostris
  • Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
  • Black-headed Saltator Saltator atriceps
  • Black-faced Grosbeak Caryothraustes poliogaster
  • Blue-black Grosbeak Cyanocompsa cyanoides
  • Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  • Melodious Blackbird Dives dives
  • Yellow-tailed Oriole Icterus mesomelas
  • Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
  • Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus
  • Montezuma Oropendola Gymnostinops Montezuma

Other Fauna 

A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 

Flora 

Author: Charles Hesse

 

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