Bird Species in Belize Essay

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This past week in Belize was undoubtedly one of the best experiences I have ever had. In the special topics biology class, I learned so much about the ecology, culture, and history of the newly established country. Not to mention, I obtained a new respect for ornithology and a new interest in birds. About the size of Manhattan and with a population of almost 350,000 people, Belize surprisingly holds approximately 500 species of birds. We were able to spot 135 species of birds during our stay and also learned about a few mutualism relationships.
One of the greatest mutualism relationships is between the ants and the bullhorn acacias. The ants live in the hollow bullhorns and protect the tree, making sure there is no vegetation to harm it.
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This past week in Belize was undoubtedly one of the best experiences I have ever had. In the special topics biology class, I learned so much about the ecology, culture, and history of the newly established country. Not to mention, I obtained a new respect for ornithology and a new interest in birds. About the size of Manhattan and with a population of almost 350,000 people, Belize surprisingly holds approximately 500 species of birds. We were able to spot 135 species of birds during our stay and also learned about a few mutualism relationships.
One of the greatest mutualism relationships is between the ants and the bullhorn acacias. The ants live in the hollow bullhorns and protect the tree, making sure there is no vegetation to harm it. In return, the acacia creates nectar and Beltian bodies, the yellow tips of the leaves and rich in protein, for the ants to eat and prosper. It is quite possible for both parties to live separately; however, the ants and the acacias thrive when they are together.
Another tree and ant mutualism is the Cecropia (trumpet) tree and the Azteca ants. The ants will protect its host, and the tree will provide food and shelter in its hollow internodes. Also, the Cecropia tree is favored among many birds. It also grows three feet a year and is an early successional tree.
Next, the strangler figs are an interesting plant and have their own cut-throat methods of survival. As the name implies, the figs will strangle their host plant and take over. The

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