What Cool Kinds of Birds Can You See in Costa Rica and Panama?

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Tropical countries like Costa Rica and Panama have beautiful beaches, summer-time weather for every month of the year, great fishing opportunities, and the chance to experience tropical rainforests. No matter what your reason may be for visiting Costa Rica and Panama, don’t forget to experience the natural biodiverse treasures that these countries have to offer.

Rainforests and cloud forests are pretty easy to visit in both nations and are good places to see exotic creatures like sloths, monkeys, iguanas, and lots of colorful birds. These include such beauties as:

Red-lored Parrots: Costa Rica and Panama are great places to see a variety of parrot species. The Red-lored is one of the most common and can be seen in just about any place with humid forest. Metropolitan Park is a good place to see this species in Panama.

This picture of a Red-lored Parrot was taken by Mark Huehnergard in Panama.

Keel-billed Toucan: This banana-billed bird is fairly common near Monteverde and other sites in Costa Rica, and the Canal Zone in Panama. You have to see this unreal bird in “person” to believe it!

Keel-billed Toucan.

Motmots: Yeah, so what is a motmot? It’s a medium sized, very colorful bird that lives in rainforest and sometimes even visits fruit feeders. The Blue-crowned is common in many parts of Costa Rica and Panama, and is fairly easy to see.

Blue-crowned Motmot.

Trogons: These are strange looking iridescent birds that live in tropical forests. Go for a hike in tropical forest and you might see a few. Hire a guide in the highlands of Costa Rica and western Panama and you even have a good chance of seeing the incredible Resplendent Quetzal!

A male Resplendent Quetzal.

Hummingbirds: These glittering dynamos are downright surreal. With their tiny dimensions and buzzing flight, they hardly look like birds at all. Enjoy the pugnacious antics of these true to life fairies at such places as the Rainforest Discovery Center and Boquete in Panama, and Monteverde and the Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica.

Violet-headed Hummingbird.

Tanagers: These are basically small, very colorful birds that roam through the canopy of tropical forest. One of the best ways of getting close looks and pictures of these beautiful birds is by visiting places with fruit feeders such as the Cafe Colibri and Talari Lodge in Costa Rica, and several birding sites in Panama.

Bay-headed Tanager- one of the many stunning tanagers that live in Costa Rica and Panama. This picture was taken by Linda Scott near Boquete, Panama.

Take time to look at birds when visiting Costa Rica and Panama.  Identify the birds you see with our bird field guide apps!

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