Some Beautiful Feeder Birds from Costa Rica

By patrick on

Millions of folks maintain backyard bird feeders in the USA, Canada, and Europe. The finches, sparrows, woodpeckers, and a nuthatch or two that come to seed and suet help brighten the backyard and are easy to watch while enjoying a morning cup of a coffee.

How does a cup of morning coffee and a Green Honeycreeper sound?

In Costa Rica, although some birds do come in to seed, many more come to feeders that are stocked with bananas, papaya, and other types of fruit.

The Silver-throated Tanager is a common visitor to feeders in middle elevations.

The Golden-hooded Tanager is another stunning tanager that visits feeders in Costa Rica.

The species that come to feeders vary by habitat and the amount of forest near the feeder. In general, the more the forest, the more the birds that come to the feeder but even hotel gardens can see a healthy number of beautiful birds coming to their feeders.

Red-legged Honeycreepers are one of the most stunning feeder birds in Costa Rica.

Watch for the Hoffmann’s Woodpecker in the Central Valley and Pacific northwest.

Saltators are like big, really cool finches.

Ask a hotel if it puts out a banana or two for the birds and if so, keep the camera ready for pictures of tanagers, saltators, euphonias, thrushes, woodpeckers, and in some places, toucans!

Black-cheeked Woodpeckers come to feeders on the Caribbean slope.

Red-crowned Woodpeckers come to feeders in the southwest,

and Golden-naped Woodpeckers even show up at a few choice locations!

Head to Cinchona and you might see an Emerald Toucanet at a feeder!

To identify the exotic birds you see in Costa Rica, get the Costa Rica Birds Field Guide app for just $9.99!

Available in the iTunes store and the Amazon Android store.


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