Costa Rica has several particular Regions that are great for Birding. For example, the Osa Peninsula where you will find the Scarlet Macaw as a common resident. San Gerardo De Dota is a gorgeous region and includes the Resplendent Quetzal. In the Northern zone is the Caño Negro Reserve. Also, closer to San Jose Turrialba hold many beautiful Species. Although where ever you go be sure to look at the trees and the skies. You may just find the birds of Costa Rica you were looking for including Costa Rica Toucan’s, and the Costa Rica National Bird.
It is astonishing to see so many birds and recently recorded, Costa Rica holds over 918 species. The numbers are awesome to here about but actually seeing the birds of Costa Rica is even better. If you are a Birder, Nature lover or just love animals Costa Rica truly is a paradise. Costa Rica birds are classified in several different ways including (Endemic) or common to Costa Rica, (Accidental) apart of other countries, and (Introduced) Species introduced by humans to Costa Rica. Costa Rica has six endemic and many on the verge. Also, 62 species not common or accidental and 4 introduced. The rest are resident species or severally endangered.
We have listed only some of the species found here in Costa Rica. Find the most colorful and unique birds.
The Clay-Colored Thrush is a very important bird of Costa Rica as it is the Costa Rica National Bird. It is a rather small bird being only 23–27 cm.
Bird Species of Costa Rica
The toucans of Costa Rica come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. There are actually six different toucans within this country. Toucans have a surprisingly light beak and love to eat fruit. You may even see them pick up the odd snake for a snack.
Hummingbirds are generally very small not getting bigger than 15 centimeters and have an incredible ability to flap their wing rapidly. This is where the signature humming sound comes from. Presently, there are 50 different species of Humming Bird in this awesome country.
The parrots of Costa Rica are by far the smartest and live the longest with some of the longest recorded ages reaching into the 50’s. They are found throughout Costa Rica but the most popular being the Scarlet Macaw is mainly found in the Osa Peninsula and Central Caribbean regions.
Birds of prey. here we have a list of our meat eaters they will eat anything that moves fast enough to catch from the air and small enough to carry away. The hawks of Costa Rica have undeniable aviation ability and can spot their prey hundreds of meters away.
In the trogon family, you will find very unique colors. Especially of the Resplendent Quetzal. Look at the deep greens, blues, reds, and yellow and how they change in the sunlight at the turn of a wing. How gorgeous these birds are and how fortunate you will be if you see one.
Tanagers come on the smaller scale of bird species but equally beautiful. It may be hard to classify certain ones of this species as a Tanager just because of the large variety. But keep your eyes out for these unique feathery friends.
Water birds of Costa Rica come once again in all shapes and sizes. These ones in particular as they can stand as tall as a small child and love to fish. There isn’t a better fisherman out there than these birds. Wing spans can be almost a meter and a half long. Also, with legs strong but as thin as a pole.