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. …

Scarlet Macaw.

Where to See Parrots and Toucans in Costa Rica?

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Exotic birds and jungle wildlife helped put Costa Rica on the map as one of the globe’s top ecotourism destinations. The national park system makes it possible to go for a hike in rainforest, cloud forests, and other tropical habitats where you can see parrots, macaws, toucans, iguanas, monkeys, sloths, and other wildlife. Since these …

You might also see the incredible Snowcap.

How Many Hummingbirds Can You See in Costa Rica?

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Some birds sing pretty songs, others are familiar garden guests, and not a few charm us with bright and beautiful colors. Then there are the hummingbirds; shining, tiny, fairy-like creatures that merit a category of their own. Most folks from North America are familiar with one or two hummingbird species that visit their gardens, and …

The Blue-throated Goldentail is one of more than 570 species on the app.

The Android Version of the Costa Rica Birds Field Guide App is Available!

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Birders and other people on their way to Costa Rica with Android devices will be happy to hear that the Android version of our birding app for Costa Rica is finally available. At this time, it can be purchased from the Amazon Appstore for just $9.99 and includes images, information, and range maps for more …

You might get close looks at an Emerald Toucanet- this one came to a feeder at the Cinchona Hummingbird Cafe.

A Few Things to Bring to Costa Rica During the Dry Season

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December is almost here and with the 12th month comes the long awaited dry season. Daily rains have already ceased for the most part in the Central Valley, it’s getting windier, and its a degree or two lower during the night. Everyone in Costa Rica is getting ready for Christmas and us birders are also …

Keel-billed Toucan.

Toucans in Costa Rica

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Toucans are some of the strangest and most exotic looking birds on the planet. They have huge, colorful bills, look kind of like flying bananas when taking to the air, and make odd croaking and yelping sounds. Not to mention, toucans also happen to be intelligent, comical birds that troop through tropical forests in search …

Golden-hooded Tanagers are one of the more common tanager species in humid lowland areas of Costa Rica.

Where to See Beautiful Birds in Costa Rica

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Now matter where you live, it doesn’t take long to discover that several beautiful birds live in a nearby nature reserve, and quite a few actually visit the feeder and trees right in your own backyard. All it takes isĀ  the time to look for and watch birds with a pair of binoculars and you …

The highland forests of Costa Rica are an excellent place to see the incredible Resplendent Quetzal.

Birding in Costa Rica is Cooler than You Think

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Recently, a post at the Matador travel site was posted that explained why birding isn’t just some hobby practiced by retired folks in their backyard. There’s a lot more associated with birding than seeing birds in the backyard especially when you travel to an avian rich country like Costa Rica. Come to Costa Rica and …

You might see a stunning Prothonotary Warbler- a common wintering bird in Costa Rica.

How to Identify Birds in Costa Rica

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Whether heading to Costa Rica for a birding trip or to experience the natural sights and sounds of this exciting country, the trip is going to be much more satisfying if you can identify and learn about the birds, flowers, butterflies, and other species that make Costa Rica one of Earth’s biodiversity hotspots. Although the …