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What are the Top Ten Birds of Costa Rica?

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Some places have a few dozen bird species, and others have hundreds. With a bird list of more than 900 species,Costa Rica falls into the latter category. There are glittering tanagers and hummingbirds, jaw-dropping toucans, macaws, and parrots, and countless other birds to admire. With that in mind, a “top ten” list might be impossible. …

About the Question Mark Icon in the New Versions of Our Birding Apps for Costa Rica and Panama

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The new IOS versions of our apps are now available! They became available in iTunes quicker than expected. Some people have asked about the “question mark icon” for some species. On previous versions, species for which we lacked images were not included on our apps. For this new version, we decided that it would be …

Fiery-throated Hummingbird.

Twelve Fantastic Birds Only Found in Costa Rica and Panama

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Costa Rica and Panama- both have lists of over 900 species of birds. What? That many? Yep, small countries, big bird lists, and incredible biodiversity. Several factors account for all of that life, huge amounts of rain and stable warm weather being two of the most important. However, mountains also play a big role and …

and the beautiful Bay-headed Tanager.

Tanagers: Some of the Most Beautiful Birds in Costa Rica and Panama

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Hundreds of bird species live in the tropical forests of Costa Rica and Panama and more than a few are downright exotic. Toucans call from and move through the canopy of rainforest. Glittering hummingbirds test our camera skills. Parrots, parakeets, and even macaws are seen on a regular basis. However, as amazing as those birds …

In Costa Rica, the Crowned Woodnymph is a lovely, common hummingbird species of rainforests.

Bird Identification in Costa Rica with an App

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Most serious birders eventually make their way to Costa Rica. This exciting country is a bucket list destination for any birder because: It’s easy to visit: If you live in the USA or Canada, Costa Rica is anywhere from three to six hours by plane. Good tourism infrastructure: Good hotels, good food, and good guides. …

This Crowned Woodnymph won't show up with a name search that uses "hummingbird".

Not All Hummingbirds are “Hummingbirds”

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What? Is the title of this post some kind of trick question? Yes, I suppose it is because after all, every hummingbird species is in the family Trochilidae and thus, by definition, a “hummingbird”. At the same time, many members of this family do not have “hummingbird” as part of their common names. For example, …