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Birds are excellent indicators of the health of an eco-system; their presence and identification is a way to quantify the sustainability of various agricultural approaches. Towards this end, MMRF works closely with PG’s most avid birder; Wilfred Mutrie.


Wilfred has a wealth of information about birds so he is a frequent guest speaker for groups here at MMRF. Usually he does an evening presentation with Q&A, then before dawn students gather in the kitchen for a quick cup of coffee before Wilfred begins guiding them on a bird sighting trek throughout the farm and riverine areas. For more serious birders he can be hired as a personal guide throughout southern Belize. We are working with Wilfred and the Tropical Avian Adventure Club (TAAC) on a project that will train more local people to become birding guides.
 Wilfred can be reached at


For the casual, sleepy-head bird enthusiast, plenty of birds can be seen out the dorm windows before your head ever leaves the pillow. This is because complexity of our agro-ecological system encourages many birds to call it home.


Following is a list of the birds that have so far been identified at MMRF. We will update this list as time and information allows

Grooved-billed Ani

Smooth-billed Ani

Barred Ant Shrike

Great Ant Shrike

Red-throated Ant Tanager

Bright Rumped Attila

Brewer’s Blackbird

Melodious Blackbird

Indigo Bunting

Painted bunting

Yellow-billed Cacique

Black Catbird

Grey Catbird

Plain Chachalaca

American Coot

Neotropic Cormorant

Bronzed Cowbird

Giant Cowbird 

Great Currasow


Grey-chested Dove 

Ground dove

Greenish Elania

Cattle Egret

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Yellow-bellied Elania

White-bellied Emerald

Yellow throated Euphonia

Acadian Flycatcher

Brown Crested Flycatcher

Common Tody Flycatcher

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Great-Crested Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Royal Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher

Sulfur Billed Flycatcher

Yellow billed Flycatcher

Blue Throated Goldentail

Common Grackle

Great-Tailed Grackle

Blue-Black Grassquit

Yellow-Faced Grassquit

Blue Grosbeak

Blue-Black Grosbeak

Rose breasted Grosbeak

Ring-billed Gull

Broad-winged Hawk

Grey Hawk

Ornate Hawk Eagle

Stripe Throated Hermit

Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Green Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Green Honeycreeper

Magnificent Hummingbird

Rufous Tailed Hummingbird

White Neck Jacobin

Brown Jay

Eastern Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird

Amazon Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

Great Kiskadee


Green-Breasted Mango

Purple Martin

Common Moorhen

Montezuma Orependula

Baltimore Oriole

Black-cowled Oriole

Orchard Oriole

Yellow-tailed Oriole


Mottled Owl

Common Parauque

Olive Throated Parrakeet

White Growned Parrot

Red Lored Parrot

White Fronted Parrot

Northern Parula

Tropical Peewee

Pale-vented Pigeon

Short-billed Pigeon¸

Yucatan poorwill

Whip poorwill

Red Start American Robin

Clay-coloured Robin

Black Headed Saltator

Greyish Saltator

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Variable Seedeater

White-collard Seedeater

Orange billed Sparrow

Tree Swallow

Black Swift

Vaux’s Swift

Crimson-collard Tanager

Scarlet-rumped Tanager

Yellow-winged Tanager

Grey-cheeked Thrush

Little Tinamou

Bare Throated Tiger-Heron

Masked Titaya

Keel-Billed Toucan

Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet

Violaceous Trogon

Collared Trogon

Slaty Tailed Trogon

Philadelphia Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Solitary Vireo

Black Vulture

King Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Black and White Warbler

Chested-sided Warbler

Magnotia Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow throated Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Northen Waterthrush

Ruddy Woodcreeper

Streak-headed Woodcreeper

Strong Billed Woodcreeper

Tawny Woodcreeper

Acorn Woodpecker

Black Cheeked Woodpecker

Golden Olive Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Lineated Woodpecker

Pale-billed Woodpecker

Grey-Necked Woodrail

Sedge Wren