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, …

The Blue-crowned Motmot is one of many common, beautiful birds in Costa Rica.

Quick Bird Identification in Costa Rica with an App

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Costa Rica is a wonderful place to watch birds. For the serious birder, there are literally hundreds of species that occur. Casual birdwatchers and tourists won’t help but notice exotic birds just about everywhere they go. If you see a bird like the one above or the following, you just might wonder what you are …

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Using the Which Bird is It Function on our Birding Apps for Costa Rica and Panama

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Costa Rica and Panama have literally hundreds of bird species. Putting a name on that many birds can be a challenge even for the most seasoned of birders. If our search options still don’t seem to help with identification, you can also use the Which Bird is It function. Which Bird is It allows you …

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New Features on our Bird Apps for Costa Rica and Panama

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Folks have been asking about the new features on our birding apps for Costa Rica and Panama. In addition to more than 700 species on each app, each also has the following new features: Search for bird species by name: Type in the name of a bird in the search box at the top of …

Bay-headed Tanager.

Prepare for Birding in Panama and Costa Rica with Birding Apps

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A birding trip to lands far from home always involves a certain degree of preparation. If you are headed to a nature reserve a few hours from home or in another state, preparations might not involve anything more than studying some of the birds you hope to see, figuring out where to stay, and walking …

Some Screen Shots from our Birding App for Costa Rica

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Our birding field guide apps for Costa Rica and Panama were designed to make them easy and quick to use. To give an idea of how these apps can be easily used in the field or studying birds back at home or in the hotel, I took some screen shots of the Costa Rica Birds …

The Crimson-collared Tanager is one of many beautiful birds waiting to be seen in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica.

Using the Costa Rica Birds Field Guide App to Show Birds by Region

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Costa Rica might be a small country but it’s filled with birds and has several distinct biogeographical regions. This ups the number of bird species found in the country and explains why you can see a Resplendent Quetzal, Violet Sabrewing, and Ruddy Treerunner on one day, and a White-throated Magpie Jay, Black-headed Trogon, and Rufous-naped …

Some Notes on Testing the Birding App for Costa Rica in the Field

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I came back from a great weekend of guiding in the Dominical area. Lots of great birding down that way even though the area isn’t a main stop on most birding tours to Costa Rica. On this recent trip, highlights included 16 species of raptors, Yellow-bellied and Ruddy-breasted Seedeaters, Black-tailed Flycatcher, and Mangrove Hummingbird. It …