Images in the Costa Rica Birds Field Guide app

By patrick on

Some answers to some FAQs about the images used in the app:

  • Are all of the pictures from Costa Rica?– 99% were taken in Costa Rica. There might be one or two images from Panama and I know that the Orchard Oriole was taken in central Illinois.
  •  Who did the photography for the app?– Randall Ortega Chaves did most of the photography and Pat O’Donnell also added images for  species and images listed at the end of this post.
  • Why do some images look better than others?– Bird photography in the humid, tropical forests of Costa Rica is a serious challenge and photographers are typically confronted with dark conditions, dense vegetation, and backlit birds way up in the canopy. This translates to difficulties in getting images of certain species.  To make sure that the app included as many common and signature Costa Rican species as possible, and because it may take months to get high quality images of certain species, we decided to publish the app now with suitable images that were available. Every image can be used for identification purposes and the app will be periodically updated with higher quality images and more species.

List of species and images taken by Pat:


Blue-winged Teal
Fasciated Tiger Heron
Swallow-tailed Kite
White Hawk
Great Black Hawk
Bat Falcon 2
Purple Gallinule
Wilson’s Plover
Collared Plover
Short-billed Dowitcher
Solitary Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
White-winged Dove
White-tipped Dove
Common Ground Dove
Plain-breasted Ground Dove 
Chiriqui Quail-Dove
Central American Pygmy-Owl
Plain-capped Starthroat
Long-billed Starthroat
Stripe-throated Hermit 
Garden Emerald
Charming Hummingbird 1 and 2
White-tailed Emerald
Blue-chested Hummingbird 
Olive-throated Parakeet
Brown-hooded Parrot
White-crowned Parrot
Yellow-naped Parrot
Striped Cuckoo
Smooth-billed Ani
Lattice-tailed Trogon
Elegant Trogon
Yellow-eared Toucanet
White-fronted Nunbird
Blue-crowned Motmot
Rufous Motmot
Keel-billed Motmot
White-whiskered Puffbird 
Hairy Woodpecker
Golden-naped Woodpecker
Red-crowned Woodpecker 
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper
Fasciated Antshrike
Barred Antshrike male
Western Slaty Antshrike
Black-faced Antthrush
Streak-chested Antpitta 1
Paltry Tyrannulet
Dark Pewee
Western Wood Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher 1 and 2
Willow Flycatcher
Piratic Flycatcher
Social Flycatcher 
Boat-billed Flycatcher 
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Panama Flycatcher
Brown-crested Flycatcher
Yellow Tyrannulet 
Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant 
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Great-crested Flycatcher
Yellow-olive Flycatcher
Torrent Tyrannulet
Southern Beardless Tyrannulet 
Northern Scrub Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher 
Rufous Piha 1
Yellow-billed Cotinga
Three-wattled Bellbird male 
Long-tailed Manakin 
Masked Tityra
Black-crowned Tityra male
White-winged Becard male
Rose-throated Becard
Barred Becard
Yellow-winged Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Yellow-green Vireo
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Southern Rough-winged Swallow 
Barn Swallow
White-lored Gnatcatcher
Band-backed Wren 
Rufous-breasted Wren 
Banded Wren 
Rufous and white Wren 
Ochraceous Wren 
Gray-breasted Wood Wren
Wood Thrush 
Mountain Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush
Northern Waterthrush 
Tennessee Warbler
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat 
Buff-rumped Warbler 
Blackburnian Warbler 
Black-throated Green Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler 
Chestnut-headed Oropendola 
Bronzed Cowbird
Streak-backed Oriole
Scarlet-rumped Cacique 
Yellow-billed Cacique
Orchard Oriole male
White-shouldered Tanager
Tawny-crested Tanager
White-throated Shrike-Tanager
Plain-colored Tanager
Emerald Tanager
Shining Honeycreeper 
Chestnut-capped Brush Finch
White-naped Brush Finch
Dusky-faced Tanager
Sooty-capped Bush Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Grayish Saltator 
Blue-black Grosbeak
Black-cheeked Ant Tanager
Stripe-headed Sparrow 
Black-striped Sparrow
White-collared Seedeater
Thick-billed Seed Finch
Black-thighed Grosbeak
Black-faced Grosbeak
Orange-billed Sparrow
Olive Sparrow
Sooty-faced Finch
Peg-billed Finch
Painted Bunting 
Scrub Euphonia
Spot-crowned Euphonia 
Yellow-crowned Euphonia
Tawny-capped Euphonia 
Golden-browed Chlorophonia
Yellow-bellied Siskin

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