Month: June 2022

Keel-Billed Toucans, the Beautiful National Birds of Belize

The keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) is a species of toucan found from southern Mexico to northern Colombia, including throughout Central America. These birds are also known as the rainbow-billed toucan or the sulfur-breasted toucan for their vibrant, eye-catching coloration.  Keel-billed toucans have primarily black body feathers, with a yellow-green throat, …

The Stinging Fire Corals of Belize

What is Fire Coral? The term “fire coral” is used for organisms of the genus Millepora. Despite their name, fire corals are not actually coral, but rather belong to a group known as hydrocorals. They are more closely related to hydrozoans, such as the freshwater jellyfish and Portuguese man-o’-war, than …

The Tyrant Eagles of Belize

What is a Black Hawk-Eagle? The black hawk-eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus) is a species of eagle found throughout Mexico, Central America, and South America. With its dark coloring, nearly five-foot (1.5 meter) wingspan, and carnivorous diet, the black hawk-eagle is a formidable sight in rainforests across its range. Its scientific name …