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 …

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Beautiful Birds in Panama

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We tend to associate tropical locales with certain “exotic” aspects that we hope to encounter. Usually, number one on that list of tropical requirements is a beautiful beach replete with clean sand flanked by coconut palms on one side and inviting turquoise water on the other. Beyond the beach, brochures of tropical vacation hotspots like …

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New Birds from Version 2.0 of our Panama Birding App

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There are more than a hundred new images and species on version 2.0 of the Panama Birds Field Guide app. With so many high quality additions, it’s hard to pick out our favorites. These five are a taste of the new images and species on this latest version: Lance-tailed Manakin – a common, beautiful species …

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 …

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 …