More than 60 species of birds have been identified on the Turneffe Atoll with the following commonly seen: the snowy egret, little blue heron, great blue heron, tricolored heron, yellow-crowned night heron, clapper rail, mangrove swallow, brown pelican, magnificent frigatebird, double-crested cormorant, osprey, mangrove warbler, great tailed grackle, goldenfronted woodpecker, tropical mockingbird, cinnamon hummingbird, great breasted mango, hooded oriole, white crowned pigeon and royal tern.

Seen on occasion are: the belted kingfisher, white-eyed vireo, northern waterthrush, barn swallow, perigrine falcon, merlin, common yellowthroat, bay breasted warbler, red-eyed vireo, palm warbler, cape may warbler, eastern wood pewee, summer tanager, brown booby, yucatan vireo, american redstart, least tern and the roseate tern.