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Crooked Tree, Belize (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Crooked Tree, Belize

Map of Crooked Tree, Belize

Crooked Tree Police Station
Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) - Male Common Tody-Flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum) Black-headed Trogon (Trogon melanocephalus) Male Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) White-fronted Parrot (Amazona albifrons) Black-crowned Tityra (Tityra inquisitor) - Male
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) - Female Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris) Juvenile Ivory-billed Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus flavigaster) Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) Black-crowned Tityra (Tityra inquisitor) - Female
Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) - Immature Male Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus) Rose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae)

Crooked Tree is a rural island with a few remnant forest patches and plenty of fresh-water marsh.


Mexico to Panama

1/20/2009: After living it up for a couple of days on the touristy trip to Lamanai Ruins, we took a short detour to the backwoods swamp known as Crooked Tree. From Orange Walk, we rode an old school bus to the crossroads where we hitched a ride into Crooked Tree.

This area is supposed to be famous for birds, and the birding was not bad... but it was not spectacular either. We might have seen all the birds on our previous boat trip.

Plenty of dogs and chickens kept us company, and the best place to eat was a very low-key restaurant called Carrie's. Still, the vibe and friendly people here made this little town one of my favorite spots in Belize.

Previous Visit (Lamanai Ruins River Trip: 1/18/2009)
Next Visit (Cay Caulker: 1/22/2009)

Species Recorded (39)

Birds ( 39 )

New World Vultures ( Cathartidae )
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Roadside Hawk - Rupornis magnirostris

Limpkin ( Aramidae )
Limpkin - Aramus guarauna

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Ruddy Ground-Dove - Columbina talpacoti

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
White-fronted Parrot - Amazona albifrons
Yellow-headed Parrot - Amazona oratrix

Cuckoos ( Cuculidae )
Groove-billed Ani - Crotophaga sulcirostris

Nighthawks and Nightjars ( Caprimulgidae )
Common Pauraque - Nyctidromus albicollis

Hummingbirds ( Trochilidae )
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird - Amazilia tzacatl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Archilochus colubris
Canivet's Emerald - Cynanthus canivetii

Trogons ( Trogonidae )
Black-headed Trogon - Trogon melanocephalus

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Acorn Woodpecker - Melanerpes formicivorus

Ovenbirds ( Furnariidae )
Ivory-billed Woodcreeper - Xiphorhynchus flavigaster

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Yellow-bellied Elaenia - Elaenia flavogaster
Social Flycatcher - Myiozetetes similis
Vermilion Flycatcher - Pyrocephalus rubinus
Common Tody-Flycatcher - Todirostrum cinereum
Tropical Kingbird - Tyrannus melancholicus

Cotingas ( Cotingidae )
Rose-throated Becard - Pachyramphus aglaiae
Black-crowned Tityra - Tityra inquisitor

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Mangrove Swallow - Tachycineta albilinea

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Brown Jay - Psilorhinus morio

Wrens ( Troglodytidae )
House Wren - Troglodytes aedon

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Polioptila caerulea

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Clay-colored Thrush - Turdus grayi

Mockingbirds, Thrashers, and Allies ( Mimidae )
Gray Catbird - Dumetella carolinensis
Tropical Mockingbird - Mimus gilvus

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Black-and-white Warbler - Mniotilta varia
Magnolia Warbler - Setophaga magnolia
Yellow Warbler - Setophaga petechia

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Summer Tanager - Piranga rubra
Morelet's Seedeater - Sporophila morelleti
Blue-gray Tanager - Thraupis episcopus

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Hooded Oriole - Icterus cucullatus
Baltimore Oriole - Icterus galbula
Black-cowled Oriole - Icterus prosthemelas
Orchard Oriole - Icterus spurius


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