Birds of Costa Rica

The Costa Rica Birding Guide

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Where to find Birds of Costa Rica

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.

Top Birds Of Costa Rica To See

Birding Quetzal

Resplendent Quetzal

Possibly the Most Renowned Bird of Costa Rica. The Resplendent Quetzal is Beautiful and is readily seen throughout the country.

Not Threatened Red List

Birds Of Costa Rica Toucan

Keel Billed Toucan

The Keel Billed Toucan is a bird we all know about and have seen in pictures. Seeing them up close is a different story.

Red List Least Concern

Palo Verde Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

The Scarlet Macaw is another well-known parrot. They are very colorful and can live up to 50 years of age.

Red List Least Concern

Long Tailed Manakin

Long Tailed Manakin

The Long Tailed Manakin is a small bird only 10 cm long, found in wet and dry climates.

Red List Least Concern

Red Headed Barbet

Red Headed Barbet

Found in the humid highland forests of Costa Rica. The Red Headed Barbet also eats many different fruits including bananas.

Red List Least Concern

Blue Crowned Motmot

Blue Crowned Motmot

The  Blue Crowned Motmot is a common bird of Costa Rica you find them all over the country but more commonly in the San Jose region.

Red List Least Concern

Violet Sabrewing

Violet Sabrewing

This beautiful colored bird is one of the biggest in it species. Ranging from 9 – 15 centimeters long.

Red List Least Concern

Three Wattled Bellbird

Three Wattled Bellbird

The Three Wattled Bellbird has three distinct wattles from under its beak. Also, known as a migratory bird, migrating to Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Red List Vulnerable

Snowcap in Turrialba

Snowcap

The Snowcap is a very small bird only 6 centimeters in length and barely weighing 2.5 grams. Yet it packs a punch for wing speed.

Red List Least Concern

Ornate Hawk Eagle

Ornate Hawk Eagle

One of Costa Rica’s birds of prey. Found in the humid rainforest and feasts on smaller birds, reptiles, and even monkeys.

Not Threatened Red List

Clay Colored Thrush

Clay-Colored Thrush

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.

Red List Least Concern

Bird Species of Costa Rica

Toucans

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

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.

Parrots

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.

Hawks

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.

Trogons

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

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.

Waterbirds

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.

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