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HawkWatch Fall 2023

Species Composition

Species composition changes over time depending on weather, seasons, and many other factors. This chart displays the composition over a time period you select.

Click on pie pieces to see more detail. If there are more than seven species, click on "Other" to see a breakdown of the rest.


Many sites have a protocol that is designed to maximize finding particular species. If you select "Focus Species," only these species will be shown.

Date Selector

The control box below the pie chart lets you select a date period for the chart.

You can push the buttons "1d," "1w," or "1m" to zoom the graph to 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month.

The graph shows the overall volume seen on each day. You can drag the sliders on each side of this graph to adjust the start and end dates.

Species Composition
September 1st to December 31st

Drag the Sliders Below to Change the Dates Shown

Hourly Data

The time shown in the top row is the start of the one hour period.

Select Day

Choose a date to load the hourly table for that day. Only days that have data are shown.

Daily Counts

These charts show which species are most numerous at different parts of the season. Hover your mouse over a chart to see the number for a given day. The right column shows season totals and the left side shows the maximum for a single day. Each graph is scaled so that the single-day maximum is the highest point on the chart.

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  • Focus Species: Show the highest priority species at the top of the list.
  • Taxonomic Order: Sort the species by their scientific classification.
  • Alphabetic Order: Sort the species by their common name.
  • Abundance: Sort the species with the largest number counted at the top.

Daily Counts

Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
King Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Hook-billed Kite
Gray-headed Kite
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HawkWatch Fall 2023

With Belize having a human population of less than 350,000 and being nearly 50% protected through National Parks, Nature Reserves, Conservation Areas, Forest Reserves and Wildlife Sanctuaries it is an ideal location to establish a raptor conservation organization. In 2013, the Belize Raptor Research Institute's (BRRI) Executive Director and Raptor Watch Director, Ryan Phillips, launched the first hawk watch program in Belize to better understand raptor migration in Belize and to fill a void in raptor migration knowledge between Mexico and Costa Rica along the eastern coastline. In 2017, BRRI merged with Scarlet 6 Biomonitoring Team to form the Belize Bird Conservancy. This is an annual long-term fall migration hawk watch. With the discovery of a significant migration of Hook-billed Kites and little data on this migration the Hook-billed Kite became the focal species. It is the largest migration of Hook-billed Kites known. Dr. Lee Jones, Author of ' Birds of Belize,' first observed a raptor migration at this site in 1999, when he witnessed a kettle of Hook-billed Kites. He conducted counts, mainly for passerines, but also documented the raptors that passed through the area. Our count is located in southern Belize in the Toledo District and is from October 1 through December 15.


The count is conducted on a soccer field located in the village of Cattle Landing in the southern extreme of Belize in the Toledo District. Located in flat lowland broadleaved forest directly along the Belize coastline of the Caribbean Sea, the count-site is 15 m from the ocean and 6.7 m a.s.l. located at 16.120218º latitude and -88.794307º longitude, approximately 2 km north of Punta Gorda.

Belize Bird Conservancy

In 2017, the Belize Raptor Research Institute (BRRI), founded in 2009, and the Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team (S6), founded in 2013, merged into one organization to form the Belize Bird Conservancy to fulfill their mutual goals of research, education and conservation of birds. The founding of the Belize Bird Conservancy allowed for a greater opportunity to enhance programs, start more projects, and accomplish more in bird conservation by reaching a larger community. The mission of the Belize Bird Conservancy is to conserve birds in their habitat across Belize through on-the-ground scientific research, education, advocacy, and collaborations. The objectives are to better understand Belize birds through scientific research: provide education outreach: train future conservationists and biologists: provide economic opportunities to Belizeans: provide volunteer and internship programs: and form partnerships with local and international wildlife conservation groups and government bodies to help protect birds in Belize.

About the Data

All data displayed on this site are preliminary and have not yet undergone quality control. Written permission is required to use the data.