Red Bank Village

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Aerial view of Red Bank Village in Stann Creek, Belize

Red Bank Village is a small Maya community of about 1,000 inhabitants in Southern Belize.

Situated on the foothills of the Maya Mountains, the village is one of Belize’s top birdwatching hotspots since it annually hosts one of the largest gatherings of scarlet macaws in Central America. The large red, yellow, and blue parrot is an endangered bird, native to Mexico, Central America and South America.

Visiting Red Bank and seeing Scarlet Macaws

Scarlet Macaw feeding near Red Bank Village in Stann Creek, Belize

Located in Stann Creek, close to the border of Toledo, Red Bank Village is about an hour’s drive from Hopkins or Placencia. As a result, tourists that stay at those popular tourist destinations typically visit on birding tours whenever the magnificent scarlet macaws visit the area.

Every year, between the months of December and March, flocks of scarlet macaws visit Red Bank to feast on the fruits of the ‘annatto’ and ‘pole wood’ trees that surround the village. Although macaws reside deep in the jungles of central Belize, they use the lush and mountainous areas of Red Bank Village and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary to feed during their non-breeding season.