Tanagers: Some of the Most Beautiful Birds in Costa Rica and Panama

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Hundreds of bird species live in the tropical forests of Costa Rica and Panama and more than a few are downright exotic. Toucans call from and move through the canopy of rainforest. Glittering hummingbirds test our camera skills. Parrots, parakeets, and even macaws are seen on a regular basis. However, as amazing as those birds …

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. …

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, …