Belize Coastal and near shore islands

Site description (2008 baseline):

Site location and context
This area is comprised of 3 Marine Reserves namely Hol Chan, Caye Caulker and Port Honduras; and seven Forest Reserves: Grants Works, Mango Creek, Swasey-Bladen, Machaca, Caye Caulker, Deep River and Manatee. There are also four Wildlife Sanctuaries: Aguascaliente, Gales Point, Swallow Caye, and Corozal Bay. There are two National Parks: Sarstoon-Temash and Payne’s Creek. The four Bird Sanctuaries are Bird Caye, Monkey Caye, Los Salones and an un-named caye. Altun Ha is the sole Archaeological Reserve and Burdon Canal is the sole Nature Reserve within this IBA.

Key biodiversity
This 695,622 ha area has 413 recorded species of which 262 are residents, 242 are known or thought to breed in the area, 171 are species not known to nest in the area and 151 that are considered migrants. These include species that meet the A1, A2, A3, A4i trigger criteria.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Belize Coastal and near shore islands. Downloaded from on 28/02/2024.