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 …

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 …

Lesser Ground Cuckoos are common at dry forest sites in Costa Rica.

Discount on Version 2.1 of the Costa Rica Birds Field Guide App!

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As of today, version 2.1 of our Costa Rica birding app is available in the iTunes store! After months of working on the app, this latest version includes the following functions and features: More than 575 species featured on the app– Images, information, and range maps for 578 species including such uncommon birds as Prevost’s …

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 …

A male Golden-browed Chlorophonia from the Poas area.

Birding Costa Rica on Poas Volcano

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Poas Volcano National Park is one of the most frequently visited national parks in Costa Rica. This first national park was established so Ticos and tourists could walk right up to the edge of an active volcano’s crater! As worrisome as that sounds, the volcano seems to mostly let off steam and if any change …

Howler Monkeys are seen in many parts of Costa Rica.

How to See Sloths, Monkeys, and Exotic Birds on a Trip to Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has become one of the better known destinations for ecotourism. The advantages of visiting Costa Rica include ease of access (it’s only a couple hours by plane from Texas), stability, beaches and mountains just a short drive from San Jose, exciting activities, well-trained guides, and so on. Of course, the country’s wildlife also …

A male Resplendent Quetzal at a nesting site.

Resplendent Quetzal- Costa Rican Bird of the Day

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The Resplendent Quetzal is one of Costa Rica’s star bird species. This rather incredibly spectacular bird lives in humid highland forests from southern Mexico south to western Panama but is most easily seen in Costa Rica. Although it also occurs at several sites in the other countries in its range (including Guatemala where it is …