Visiting a zoo on a birding trip may be a little strange and "artificial" but the Belize Zoo is actually a great place to see wild birds (and other wild animals) in the surrounding forest.
The Belize Zoo is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savannah and exhibits over 125 animals which are all native to Belize.
The zoo keeps animals which were either orphaned, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to the Belize Zoo as gifts from other zoological institutions.
In addition to seeing and learning about Belizean wildlife, the zoo is a good spot to see wild birds like Common Tody Flycatcher, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Bronzed Cowbird, Red-capped Manakin, Blue-gray, Yellow-winged, and Hepatic Tanagers, Tropical Pewee, Yellow-throated Euphonia, Grace's and Hooded Warblers, Worm-eating Warbler, Plain Chachalaca and Green-backed Sparrow.
Belize Zoo area, Belize, 5 March 2009