Republic of Costa Rica
Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around five million, in a land area of 54,000 square kilometres. This small country of the Central American isthmus has the happiest people anywhere. This peaceful democratic republic, unlike many of its neighbours, has been politically stable for over 50 years. Despite being economically weak, the government has made a big effort to preserve this country's wildlife. Costa Rica has just 0.03% of the world's landmass, but holds 5% of all types of living forms within it's small boundaries, and 25% of the land is has some form of conservation protection.
Costa Rica has one major mountain range that crosses the country from NW to SW, and rises to over 3000 metres in many places. It's origin is volcanic in the northern half and tectonic in the south. Right in the middle, where they meet, a large valley was formed. It is here, in the Central Valley where half of the population lives.
The mountain range, composed of [from N to S] the Guanacaste Volcanic Cordillera, the fila de Tilarán, the Central Volcanic Cordillera and de Cordillera de Talamanca, divides the country in two: The Caribbean and Pacific slopes. Almost every large river flows down these mountains and out to the sea, the most important being the Grande de Tárcoles, Grande de Térraba, Tempisque and Sarapiquí. The pacific coast is very irregular, the Nicoya and Osa Peninsula with their Nicoya and Dulce Gulfs being the most relevant formations, while the Atlantic coast is a fairly straight line. The most notable of the offshore islands is Cocos Island, 400 km to the west, off the pacific coast (it is a National Park and a World Heritage Site); Chira Island, largest of a group in the Nicoya Gulf, and Uvita Island, close to Puerto Limón.
Costa Rica Birdlife
With multiple habitats and micro-habitats, in a wide variety of ecosystems, this nation is home to 877 different species of birds. The main reasons for this diversity seems to be the climatic influence of both coasts, many different and diverse geographic formations such as high mountains, valleys, extensive lowlands, lakes, estuaries, gulfs, mangroves, etc. There are, therefore, a lot of different places to watch very distinctive species, and, best of all, they are very close together. One can define these populations by region and habitat as well as climate, these are set out below.
The Caribbean Lowlands is probably the most diverse place on earth, yet it is the least well-protected part of the country. Here it is possible to see Great Tinamou, White-necked Jacobin and Long-tailed Tyrant.
The Highlands run among the mountain range. Although they vary in height and climate, defining different populations, one can generalize as if it was just one. Quetzals, Prong-billed Barbets, and Acorn Woodpeckers are just a few of the birds possible to get good sightings of.
The South-Pacific Lowlands are about as rich in Biodiversity as the Caribbean, but they have even more endemic species. Here one frequently sees Beryl-crowned hummingbird, Fiery-billed Aracari or the endemic Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager.
Tropical Dry Forest
The dry NW part of Costa Rica, basically all the province of Guanacaste, is known as the Tropical Dry Forest. Here is where Long-Tailed Manakin, Cinnamon Hummingbird and Crested Caracara can be spotted, amongst many others.
Mathias Kuemmerlen Heinrich
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 918
National Bird: Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi
Number of endemics: 5 - 9 [Authorities differ]
Mangrove Hummingbird Amazilia boucardi Coppery-headed Emerald Elvira cupreiceps Gray-tailed Mountain-gem Lampornis cinereicauda Dark Pewee Contopus lugubris Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager Habia atrimaxillaris White-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis castaneoventris Cocos Cuckoo Coccyzus ferrugineus Cocos Flycatcher Nesotriccus ridgwayi Cocos Finch Pinaroloxias inornata
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101 Common Birds of Costa Rica
By Bryan Pollock & Noel Ureña | Signal3 | e-Book | Jan 2016 | ASIN: B01A2PSME8 |
A Field Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica
Richard Garrigues | Helm | 2007 | Paperback | 416 pages, plates throughout
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App - Costa Rica Birds - Field Guide for mobile devices
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Birds of Central America
(Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama) | By Andrew Vallely & Dale Dyer | Princeton University Press | 2018 | Paperback | 560 pages, 260 plates with colour illustrations; 1190+ colour distribution maps |
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Birds of Costa Rica (Naturalist's Guides)
by Steve Bird | John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd | 2016 | Paperback | 176 Pages |
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Birds of Tapanti National Park Costa Rica
by Julio E Sanchez & Fernando Zeledon | Costa Rican Biodiversity Institute | 2002 | Paperback | 235 pages, col Illus, illus.
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Costa Rica Field Guide: Birds of the Pacific Coast and the Tropical Dry Forest
by Robert Dean | Rainforest Publications | 2002 | 2 pages, A4 laminated guide.
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Costa Rica Field Guide: Birds of Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast
by Robert Dean | Rainforest Publications | 2004 | 2 pages, A4 laminated guide, col illus.
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Costa Rica Field Guide: Birds of Wetland Habitats
by Robert Dean | Rainforest Publications | 2002 | 2
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Costa Rica: Cloud Forest and Highland Birds
by Mark Wainwright | Rainforest Publications | 2014 | 14 pages
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DVD - Birding Costa Rica - Part 1
by Malcolm Rymer | 1 hour 45 minutes | 2005
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DVD - Birding Costa Rica Part 2
by Malcolm Rymer | 1 hour 45 minutes | 2005
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Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica
by FG Stiles & Alexander F Skutch | Costa Rican Biodiversity Institute | 2007 | Paperback | 656 pages, 52 col plates, 43 b/w illus, 3 maps | In Spanish
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Guide to the Birds of Panama with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras
by R S Ridgely & J A Gwynne | Princeton University Press | 1992 | paperback | 534 pages, 48 colour plates, 53 line illustrations |
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Photo Guide to Birds of Costa Rica
Richard Garrigues | Comstock Publishing Associates | 2015 | Paperback | 264 pages
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Where to Watch Birds in Costa Rica
by Barrett Lawson | Christopher Helm | 2010 | 365 pages, b/w illus, 107 maps
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AOCR Costa Rica Ornithological Association (Asociación Ornitológica de Costa Rica)
Founded in 1993, the Ornithological Association of Costa Rica is a non-profit organization, whose main objective is to contribute to the study, research and conservation of wild birds and their habitats, helping to guide official and private policies in this field. It is also AOCR's priority to collaborate in the dissemination of knowledge about the 918 bird species of Costa Rica. In 1999 our association was declared of 'public utility' by the Government of Costa Rica.
Since 1982, the Ara project has been dedicated to saving the two macaws native to Costa Rica: Great Green Macaw Ara ambiguus and the Scarlet Macaw Ara macao.
Birding Club of Costa Rica
The Birding Club of Costa Rica (BCCR) is a private group that, for more than 20 years, travels around the beautiful country of Costa Rica to observe and identify the 900+ species of birds found here, learn about different parts of the country, and enjoy the company of like-minded and interested people.
he Corcovado Foundation is a leading not-for-profit volunteering and conservation organisation in Costa Rica, with a fantastic reputation for community engagement. Our conservation programs are based in the southern pacific region of Costa Rica, known as the Osa Peninsula which is famous for its intense biodiversity and pristine wilderness.
Las Nubes Project for Neotropical Conservation and Research
Las Nubes – which means 'the clouds' – is a Costa Rican rainforest donated to FES in 1998 by Dr. Woody Fisher. To help protect the rainforest, FES worked with Costa Rica’s Tropical Science Centre to create the Dr. Woody Fisher Fund for Neotropical Conservation, which supports research at Las Nubes and the surrounding region in areas such as tropical deforestation, sustainable development and biodiversity.
Monteverde Conservation League
The Monteverde Conservation League (MCL) is a non-profit civil organisation whose mission is to “preserve, conserve, and rehabilitate tropical ecosystems and their biodiversity.” The MCL is involved in organising educational opportunities, reforestation projects, scientific research, sustainable development, and ecotourism.
Osa Conservation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the globally significant biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. This remote corner of Costa Rica harbors 2.5% of the biodiversity of the entire planet in less than a thousandth of a percent of its total surface area.
Rainforest Biodiversity Group
A biological corridor connects large tracts of isolated habitat across a fragmented terrain, and helps maintain migratory pathways. Movement of wildlife through these linkages ensures that a species, especially one with a large home range, can persist in the overall region…
Raptor Foundation of Costa Rica (Fundación Rapaces de Costa Rica)
The Raptor Foundation of Costa Rica was born from the need to take a step forward in the conservation of birds of prey and their important habitats. Costa Rica is located in a privileged position in terms of biodiversity but every animal-human interaction put many species under pressure…
Unión de Ornitológos de Costa Rica
A site for Costa Ricans interested in conservation - the work carried out by the Union of Ornithologists on the Important Areas for the Conservation of the Birds led by BirdLife International…
Campanario Biological Station
The Campanario Biological Station lies in the Pacific lowland tropical rain forest of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica and stretches nearly 150 acres inland from the sea. Campanario is proud to be home to a wide array of rare and endangered flora and fauna (too many to count!). From your beach boat landing, to your jungle accommodations, to the diverse species and bird watching, to the exciting educational program and activities, Campanario wants you to learn about the wild side of Costa Rica…
Costa Rica National Parks
List of national parks of Costa Rica - There are currently 26 National Parks of Costa Rica, which are managed under the umbrella of SINAC (Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservacion), a department of Costa Rica's Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE). All told, Costa Rica's protected areas encompass more than 25% of the country's total land area, more than any other country in the world. Many of these protected areas are national parks.
Costa Rican Bird Route
As Costa Rica holds nearly 5% of the world’s biodiversity, it is known worldwide as an excellent place for observing birds. Due to the country’s fine treatment of visiting tourists, Costa Rica is a logical location for the development of Central America’s premier birding trail, the Costa Rican Bird Route…
Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary
Tropical Science Center, Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary P.O. Box 8-3870 - 1000 San José, Costa Rica Tel. (506) 253-3276, 253-3308 Fax: (506) 253-4963 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
NP Chirripó National Park
Chirripó National Park is a national park of Costa Rica, encompassing parts of three provinces: San José, Limón and Cartago. It was established in 1975. It is named for its most prominent feature, Cerro Chirripó, which at 12,530 ft is the highest mountain in Costa Rica
NP La Amistad InterNational Park
The La Amistad International Park (Parque Internacional La Amistad) formerly the La Amistad National Park, is a Transboundary Protected Area in Latin America, management of which is shared between Costa Rica (Caribbean La Amistad and Pacific La Amistad Conservation Areas) and Panama, following a recommendation by UNESCO after the park's inclusion in the World Heritage Site list.
NP Manuel Antonio National Park
This park is just south of Quepos on the Pacific Coast, 132 km from San José. It is so popular perhaps because of its expensive white sand beaches backed by an evergreen forest that grows right up to the hightide line. The principal habitants are primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamp, lagoons and beach vegetation. There is quite a varied fauna with 109 species of mammals and 184 of birds. The park includes 12 little isles just off the coast; these are a number of defins and, at times, migrating whales can be observed…
NP Palo Verde National Park
The Palo Verde National Park, in Spanish Parque Nacional Palo Verde is a National Park of Costa Rica, part of the Tempisque Conservation Area, that contains much of the area of the valley of the Tempisque River and covers an area of 45,492 acres in Guanacaste Province, 30 km west of Canas. The surrounding region is mostly tropical dry forests, and the Park concentrates on conserving vital floodplain, marshes, limestone ridges, and seasonal pools from the encroachment of civilisation which was putting the ecology of the area at risk.
NP Piedras Blancas National Park
The Piedras Blancas National Park protects the rainforests and beach areas inland of the Golfo Dulce near Golfito, Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. It was once considered to be the Esquinas Sector of Corcovado National Park…
NP Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves
Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves (includes Barbilla National Park, Chirripo National Park, Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve, La Amistad (Talamanca) National Park, Las Tablas Protected Area, Rio Macho Forest Reserve and Tapanti National Park)
NWR Rancho La Merced
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge is situated on the Pacific Coast near Punta Uvita and the Ballena Marine National Park. The reserve has an area of 1250 acres which is comprised of a forest reserve with both primary and secondary tropical wet forest as well as pasture, mangrove estuary, frontage on the Morete River and beach…
NWR Tirimbina Bilogical Reserve
Our only reason for being is the conservation of biodiversity. Unlike other sites, Tirimbina is a non-profit organization. Our work model is based on three axes that are related to each other: Scientific research that provides knowledge about our biodiversity.
The Osa Península has been described by National Geographic as the most biologically intense place on earth. It is home to almost 400 species of birds, 140 species of mammals, 116 species of amphibians and reptiles, over 500 species of trees and more then 6000 species of insects.
Private Wildlife Refuges in Costa Rica
List with links
Protected Areas and National Parks of Costa Rica
Roughly 18% of Costa Rica`s territory is constituted as National Park or Reserve, including two parks declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This means most National Parks and Reserves are easily accessible from anywhere in the country, making Costa Rica an ideal destination if you want to be surrounded by natural settings…
SINAC Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge
Caño Negro is an area of lowlands that are seasonnally flooded forming lakes, marshes and holillo groves, which provide shelter for very varied fauna, especially birds. The forests, grasslands and marshes of the area provide shelter for various endangered species such as cougars, jaguars, tapirs ' ocelots, peccary and several species of monkey (white-headed capuchin, mantled howler and Geoffroy's spider monkey), as well as many others. In the dry season the river is reduced to little lagoons, channels and beaches which gives home to thousands of migratory birds of many species such as storks, spoonbills, ibis, anhingas, ducks and cormorants.
SINAC Monte Verdi Cloud Forest Preserve
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve is owned and administered by the Tropical Science Centre (TSC). The Centre, established in 1962, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in San Jose, Costa Rica. The objective of the Centre is to conduct and support scientific research and education, particularly in relation to the understanding and rational management of tropical environments.
Guides & Tour Operators
A 10 days birding tour in Costa Rica - Rancho Naturalista, Cerro de la Muerte & Parque Nacional de Corcovado…
Welcome to www.aratinga-tours.com. Aratinga Tours is a small company offering personalized natural history and birding tours in Costa Rica. Pieter Westra, the owner is a Belgian biologist who has been living and birding in Costa Rica for more then 10 years. We love birds and will be happy to share our passion and knowledge with you.
Tours planned for February, march and July 2003 offering high zone specialities in the Cerro de la Muerte Highlands, the rainforests of Tiskita Lodge in the Pacific Coastal Lowlands, Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forests Reserves, and Selva Verde Lodge. On this trip we shall stay for two nights at Villa Lapas, an ideal base from which to explore the Carara Biological Reserve and the Tárcoles estuary.
Next trip planned for March 2003…
Sitting astride the ridge of mountains that divide central America in half gives this jungle paradise an amazing array of fantastic neotropical birds. With Caribbean slope and lowlands, highlands, and Pacific slope and lowlands we’ll have the opportunity to bird it all. From extinct and active volcanos over 4000 meters to moist, tropical jungle on the Osa Peninsula we’ll look out for such stunners as the Resplendent Quetzal and other trogons, flocks of tanagers, cotingas, toucans, hummingbirds, and many endemic and range-restricted species, along with some interesting mammals like three- and two-toed sloths, several species of primates, colorful butterflies, and lovely scenery. This itinerary gives us the best opportunity to search out the regional and Costa Rican endemics without missing spots or rushing past rewarding sites….
Planning on birding in Costa Rica? Want to maximize the number of birds seen and/or concentrate on endemics during your visit? Then read on, because you`ve come to the right place. Some say, Birds are where you find them. Certainly there`s an element of truth in that statement, otherwise rare bird alert hotlines would not exist. Nonetheless, most birds have specific habitats that they prefer, and if you want to see them, you`d better know where to look. Written accounts of where to find birds in particular localities are of aid to newcomers to a region, but are no substitute for an experienced local guide…
A bird watcher's dream! Few places in the world can boast of so many different birds in such a small area. 820 species of birds - more than all of the United States and Canada combined…
Camino Travel is a fully licensed tour operator by the Costa Rica Tourist Board (ICT). The Costa Rica Tourist Board is the leading organization regulating tourism in Costa Rica. Since our inception in early 1991 we have built a solid reputation based on our extensive knowledge of Costa Rica and constant evaluation of locations, travel conditions, and service providers…
The Best Parks and Reserves of Costa Rica - March 2004…
Costa Rica Expeditions
Experience the rain forest from a platform more than 120 feet above the forest floor…
Costa Rica Gateway
Costa Rica Gateway would like to take the opportunity to thank our many clients for their patronage over the past 13 years. Many of you have visited Costa Rica several times and we appreciate your loyalty to our company. We are proud of our reputation for providing our clients with high-quality, worry-free birding vacations, and we plan to continue to offer these services well into the new millennium.
Costa Rican Bird Route
The Costa Rican Bird Route, with 520 species, offers casual and adventurous bird watching. It’s likely the best place in the world to find the endangered Great Green Macaw. From the site, you can plan a trip or buy a CRBR Map and Guide - w/checklist…
Our birding tours are specially designed to take full advantage of your time in the country, starting early in the morning and including owling in the evenings, as well as making the extra effort to find those always-exciting rare species. We have carefully selected the best combinations of birding locations to ensure the largest variety and number of species possible…
The birds to be seen in Costa Rica are different in north and south, in highlands and lowlands, and on Caribbean side and Pacific side. Our suggested 2-week birding tour packages below take advantage of this diversity by each covering a different combination of regions in the country…
Focus on Nature
Focus On Nature Tours, Inc. has been offeringbirdwatching tours and nature tours for over a decade to various places throughout the world…
Next trips November & December 2003…
Flashy but crappy site…
Horizentes Nature Tours
There is simply no better introduction to tropical birding than Costa Rica! Literally dozens of excellent birding areas are all within easy reach and cover 12 major life zones that shelter 800-plus species. On-the-spot lodges let you wake up to the dawn chorus every day…
Johan Chaves Nature & Birding
…I am Johan Chaves, a native tico who has lived in the region of Quepos-Manuel Antonio since my childhood. With the passion, enthusiasm and the experience gained at the field during this more than 8 years in my profession, I am always willing to give each customer a lifetime experience through my office; the rain forest…
La Palapa Eco Lodge Resort
"La Palapa Eco Lodge Resort", surrounded by tropical gardens is located in a virgin Tropical Rainforest, with 149 Acres (60.5 Hectares) of land, in the Central Pacific Coast of Portalon in Costa Rica, offering an incredible wildlife variety of fauna and flora. The perfect paradise for passionate wildlife lovers. A place were Toucans like to nest and wake you up every morning….
Marbella Travel and Tours
Our expedition takes you through the forest in search of exotic wildlife, especially the elusive resplendent Quetzal. Our tour drives you through some of San José and Cartago`s most beautiful scenic roads, until we reach our destination in the majestic cloud forest of the Talamanca Mountain Range. Upon arrival, we start our hike through the winding trail, in a forest that will awe the most experienced hiker and beginner alike.
These trips explore the various habitats found throughout this small country, which boasts over 850 species of birds. Extensive time is spent in cloud forest, rainforest, dry forest, high elevation paramo and more…
We are an owner-operated tour company, 100% Costa Rican, formed and led by experienced professionals in the field of tourism, certified and trained to be birding & naturalist tour leaders and to provide first class travel assistance.
…Before reaching this wonderful cloudforest, we will drive through the central área of San José looking for Snowcap, Bay-headed Tanager, Bat Falcon, At the Rancho Naturalista we will be looking for Purplish-backed Quail Dove, Tawny-chested Flycatcher, Crimson-collared Tanager, eight different species of hummingbirds and many more…
Oasis Nature Tours
Oasis Nature Tours currently conducted tours by motorboat Rios Sarapiqui, Rio San Juan, Lake Nicaragua, Solentiname Island and Tortuguero. Only 1 hour and 30 minutes from San Jose in the center of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui you can find the office of operations.
Rockjumper Birding Tours
With over 850 species, it’s easy to understand why Costa Rica is such a popular birding destination! Our tour explores a wide variety of habitats and we can look forward to many striking species of trogons, toucans, motmots, hummingbirds and migrant warblers.
This is a Birdwatchers Paradise. Aracaris, Parrots, Mot-Mots, Cuckoos, Laughing Falcons, Kingfishers, Sungrebes, Egrets, Woodstorks, Ospreys, Trogons and 7 different species of Herons including the Boat-Billed Heron have all been seen along the Corobici River in Costa Rica.
Skip's Costa Rica Nature Tour
I took these photos on a visit to Costa Rica in March of 1994. Most of the images are of birds.
Birding Tours Costa Rica specialising in small group birding tours to Costa Rica…
April 2003 - A neotropical classic not to be missed! Short distances, great lodges, fabulous Respendent Quetzals, dancing Long-tailed Manakins, dozens of hummingbirds, and much more…
Tropical Feathers is a 100% Costa Rican birding company that offers high quality birdwatching tours for avid and novice birders. In addition to our extensive technical training in eco-tourism and natural resources management, we boast over 10 years of experience in designing eco-friendly tours to Costa Rica's diverse coastal, montane and rainforest habitats…
Wildbird Tours is an experienced company that offers trips for bird watchers in Costa Rica. We are a company made up of people who love birds and nature…
CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.
2008 [02 February] - Jan landsverk
How to see/find 500 species in 20 days without hiring a bird guide and not knowing any bird sounds. My sons Erlen and Aleksander and myself made it a reality winter of 2008…
2008 [04 April] - Jack Cole
“Visions of cloud forests with limited visibility, rain forests with dripping trees, snakes, slippery trails, mosquitoes, and spectacular birds. Take all the birds in North America and place them in a country the size of West Virginia, and you have some idea of the density of the birdlife in Costa Rica.” Guest author Jack Cole made a long-awaited trip to avian paradise earlier this year, took plenty of photographs, and then wrote an evocative essay about his adventures for 10,000 Birds. If you can read his words and NOT want to go to Costa Rica you really should think about taking up another hobby…
2008 [08 August] - John Yates
In recent years the UK tour operator First Choice have been offering package holidays with direct flights to the Central American country of Costa Rica…
2008 [11 November] - Joe Franke & Jim Mattsson
Here’s a trip report from a group of professional ornithologists and interested birders to Selva Bananito, Costa Rica that took place from October 25th to November 3rd, 2008. Joe Franke of the International Association of Conservation Landowners organized the trip…
2010 [01 January] - Chuck Bell
After a good night’s sleep in San Jose, we met up with our Costa Rica guide Steven Easely at 6 am and set off for Irazu Volcano to begin our birding…
2011 [12 December] - Brad Weinert & Lynn Ferguson-Weinert
I was able to escape from work with Lynn in mid-December and spend 10 days at one of my favorite tropical destinations, Costa Rica! The following is a brief synopsis of the trip along with some photographic highlights. Many more photos are linked to the species accounts referenced at the end of this report. This was my third trip to Costa Rica (Lynn’s second) and by far the most ambitious in terms of areas covered/visited. The goal of this trip was to see some new areas and habitats and spend more time on the Caribbean slope than on previous trips more on the Pacific side…
2012 [08 August] - Brad & Lynn Weinert
2013 [02 February] - Sam Woods
…Some of the most visible, (and audible), birds in the garden were the Blue-crowned (Diademed) Motmots, three of which posed in the open and swung their strange, long, racketed, tails slowly from side-to- side much in the manner of a pendulum. However, if there was one species Michael and I were hoping for most, it was a rather attractive sparrow, the White-eared Ground-Sparrow….
2013 [03 March] - Dani Lopez-Velasco
…We were lucky enough to also see no less than 8 species of owls including Costa Rican Pygmy, Spectacled, Striped, Bare-shanked and Vermiculated Screech Owls. Costa Rica is a wonderful place for hummingbirds, and we certainly did very well with these little gems, seeing an impressive 41 species…
2013 [03 March] - David E Wolf
…we traveled to the wet subtropical zone on the flanks of Volcan Poas; at our first stop, sleek Long-tailed Silky-flycatchers appeared in the treetops and a responsive trio of unique Prong-billed Barbets landed right in front of us….
2013 [03 March] - Julian Hughes
…Almost immediately, we saw two scarlet macaws, a bird that we would see regularly in the area over the coming days. We birded over dry pasture from the side of the unpaved road: a mangrove black hawk circled on the thermals with vultures, orchard and Baltimore orioles fed in the trees on the roadside. We drove to the shore in the village where wood storks fed on the beach at the mouth of the small river, a little blue heron fed among the rocks and on a sand bar were royal and sandwich terns, laughing and Franklin’s gulls….
2013 [03 March] - Megan Crewe & Lena Senko
…A pair of Great Green Macaws nuzzled each other in a late afternoon session of allopreening. A cloud of Fiery-throated Hummingbirds swarmed around mountain feeders. A pair of Resplendent Quetzals (and there's an appropriate name, if ever there was one) ferried mouthfuls to a nest of unseen youngsters….
2013 [04 April] - Dave Horton
…We stopped at the Hummingbird feeders at the Restaurant de Volcan which produced good views of Volcano and Magnificent Hummingbirds, Violet Sabrewing, Green-crowned Brilliant, Green Violet ear and Purple-throated Mountain Gem…
2013 [04 April] - Eustace Barnes
…Of the birds we did record ten are listed as being of conservation concern and four of which are considered to be endangered by Birdlife International: those being the stunning Great Green Macaw, somewhat shy Mangrove Hummingbird, Yellow-billed Cotinga and the garrulous Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager…
2013 [04 April] - Marin Tribe
…Our walk around the extensive and well-planted gardens began with Yellow-green Vireo’s calling from the trees, a Melodious Blackbird and overhead the richmondi race of Vaux’s Swift. Our first hummer was the common Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, soon followed by a few migrants heading for North America: Grey Catbird, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, three Tennessee Warblers and two Swainson’s Thrushes. Swainson’s Thrushes were seen in many places we visited in Costa Rica….
2013 [07 July] - Scott Olmstead
…Rio Tigre is home to a few very special birds like the Costa Rican endemic Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, some spectacular hill forest, and probably the best chef on the Osa Peninsula…
2013 [12 December] - Jesse Fagan & Cali Rodriguez
…We saw more than 300 species (307 to be exact), one of our best totals to date. Thanks again to a fun group and our excellent local guides, Cali Rodriguez and Vernon Campos, along with Harry Barnard, who helped us out around Rancho. The guide-to-client ratio was excellent on this tour….
2014 [01 January] - Jay VanderGaast
…Black Guans on the feeders, to the shy Scaled Antpitta on the trail. An army ant swarm with attendant Ruddy-capped and Slaty-backed nightingale-thrushes and a pair of scarce Black-banded Woodcreepers, plus a slew of skulking Furnariids -- Tawny-throated Leaftosser, Lineated Foliage-gleaner, Streak-breasted Treehunter…
2014 [01 January] - Jay VanderGaast & Jim Zook
…stunning Resplendent Quetzals stealing the show, and a bunch of other highland specialties to really whet our appetites. Volcano Hummingbird, Black-capped Flycatcher, Yellow-winged Vireo, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstart, an unexpected pair of the highly irruptive Peg-billed Finches, and angry-eyed Volcano Juncos…
2014 [01 January] - Megan Edwards Crewe with Ernesto Carman
…A rainy walk along the Rancho Naturalista driveway yielded a treetop full of wet birds, including eye-level Golden-hooded, Bay-headed, White-shouldered and Silver-throated tanagers, Green Honeycreepers, a male Golden-winged Warbler, Yellow-throated and Olive-backed euphonias and more…
2014 [01 January] - Mike Nelson
…We began our trip in the lovely surrounds of our hotel garden where Clay-colored Thrush, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Melodious Blackbird and Rufous-backed Wrens greeted us with abundant songs and calls. We spent some time looking through the birdlife also picking up Rufous-collared Sparrow, Wilson’s Warbler, Hoffmann’s Woodpecker, Blue-diademed Motmot and Squirrel Cuckoo….
2014 [02 February] - Bob French
…Harry found a Brown-billed Scythebill. After lunch we birded on our own and coaxed out Dull-mantled Antbirds at the hummingbird pool spot…
2014 [02 February] - Jay VanderGaast
…a moonwalking Red-capped Manakin among many other species. Further south still, the area around Wilson Botanical Gardens gave us a bunch of southern specialties, from a stunning male White-crested Coquette right outside our cabins, to Snowy-bellied Hummingbird, Masked Yellowthroat, and an excited pair of Costa Rican Brush-Finches…
2014 [03 March] - David Wolf
…sorting out 9 species buzzing around the feeders, including foothill specialties like Black-bellied Hummingbird, Green Thorntail, and White-bellied Mountain-gem….
2014 [03 March] - Sam Woods
…a bird list of over 500 species in two weeks, including 30 species of raptor, 6 owls, 2 potoos, 35 hummingbirds, 5 kingfishers, 4 motmots, 3 puffbirds, 8 trogons, 14 parrots, 12 woodpeckers, 26 warblers, 17 wrens, 13 thrushes, and a host of other neotropical groups represented….
2014 [06 June] - Jon Hornbuckle
We had a very successful trip, seeing many good birds including Buff-fronted and Chiriqui Quail-Doves, Great Green Macaw, Tody Motmot, Black-crowned and Thicket Antpittas, and Lovely and Yellow-billed Cotingas. To my pleasant surprise we saw all but 2 of my Wanted list and even had one unexpected addition, a mega Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo giving excellent views in trees...
2014 [11 November] - David Ascanio
...There is virtually no other country in Central America that matches the mix of highland and lowland habitats, all within short distance, that are found in Costa Rica....
2014 [12 December] - Jay VanderGaast - Rancho Naturalista III
...Additionally we had a nice assortment of Furnariids, most enjoyably a very cooperative Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner and a an equally extroverted Streaked Xenops, both on our final day at Tapanti. A great mix of flycatchers, that most varied of Neotropical families, also made our acquaintance, with a feisty Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, the highly local Tawny-chested Flycatcher, and a bold Rufous Mourner among the standouts....
2014 [12 December] - Megan Edwards Crewe - Rancho Naturalista I
...The handsome Cinnamon Woodpecker that perched right at the top of a big tree. The Snowcaps and Crowned Woodnymphs that threw themselves repeatedly into the hummingbird pools. The swarm of Black-and-yellow Tanagers that boiled along a roadside. The Bay-headed Tanagers that nibbled on dangling Cecropia fruits. And, of course, the dozens of hummingbirds that jousted around the feeders and flowers at Rancho and elsewhere...
2014 [12 December] - Paul Rogers & Herman Venegas
...Torch Ginger, Heliconia flowers and several orchid species catch our eyes and the musical song of a Rufous-naped Wren alerts us to the songster on a lichen laden branch. Small groups of Crimson-fronted Parakeets screech nosily overhead against a clear blue sky. A Rufous-tailed Hummingbird feeding on purple Verbena flowers adds a touch of the exotic but Tennessee Warblers are dull compared to a Rufous-capped Warbler that we all admire....
2015 [02 February] - Cameron Cox
... In some locations such conditions would kill the trip but not in Costa Rica! Despite the difficulties we still had a fantastic trip, found all the major target species including long looks at Resplendent Quetzal, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Great Currassow, Scarlet and Great Green Macaws, and Snowy Cotinga. Our overall species total was affected a bit by the weather but we still managed 335 species.
2015 [02 February] - Peter Friedmann
...We had several encounters with a group of 5 Great Curassows which wandered through the gardens. In the trees along the track we had slaty-headed Tody flycatcher, mourning warbler, yellow tyrannulet, blue-headed parrot, crested guan. In the forest streak-headed, black-streaked, cocoa and wedge billed woodcreepers, black-cheeked ant tanager, white-throated shrike tanager, chestnut-backed antbird, black-faced ant thrush, orange collared and red-capped manakins were all seen well. Eye-ringed flatbill, golden-crowned spadebill, tawny-crowned greenlet and ruddy quail dove all showed well.
2015 [03 March] - David Wolf
...Then we spent time studying our first hummingbirds, sorting out 9 species buzzing around the feeders, including foothill specialties like Black-bellied Hummingbird, Green Thorntail, and White-bellied Mountain-gem. Almost ridiculous were the normally shy Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush and pair of Sooty-faced Finches that emerged from the dense understory to forage for scraps in the open-air restaurant.
2015 [03 March] - Jay VanderGaast & Ernesto Carman
The sheer abundance of Costa Rica's bird life never ceases to amaze me. On just this two-week tour of the country, we recorded more species than I have managed to muster up in a lifetime of birding in my home country! With so many species to choose from, narrowing them down to a few highlights is not an easy task.
2015 [03 March] - Sam woods
...a fiercesome looking Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, which was currently nesting on the grounds, (photo left). Indeed, this day (or more accurately few hours), may best be remembered for owls; we saw an incredible 3 species before we set our head down for the first night of the tour!
2015 [03 March] - Simon Boyes
We enjoy a tasty buffet lunch overlooking the feeders, and watching Rufous-collared Sparrow, Summer Tanager and Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush inside the open-plan restaurant! This is amazing behaviour for the thrush, hopping around at our feet, since it is usually a shy inhabitant of mountain forest, much more often heard than seen.
2015 [04 April] - David Wolf
...After spotting our first birds in the hotel garden in San Jose, we travelled to the wet subtropical zone on the flanks of Volcan Poas, where at our first stop sleek Long-tailed SilkyFlycatchers fed in the treetops, and a pair of well-camouflaged Emerald Toucanets came sneaking up to the forest edge right in front of us.
2015 [04 April] - Martin Pitt
Sites and bird list very well annotated.
2015 [07 July] - Cameron Cox
...We enjoyed 12 species of parrots, 28 species of hummingbirds, and an extraordinary 9 species of woodcreepers. We had a number of Resplendent Quetzals, great looks at the skulking Wrenthrush, and lengthy scope looks at a calling Three-wattled Bellbird. We located scarce species like Long-tailed Woodcreeper and Dark Pewee, and enjoyed colorful species like Scarlet Macaw and Fiery-throated Hummingbird.
2015 [07 July] - Oscar Campbell
This report details a trip to Costa Rica from 7th July to 2nd August 2015. The (northern) summer is the low(ish) season in Costa Rica, both for general tourism and, specifically, birding. However, despite lots of rain on the Caribbean slope, we found the weather otherwise amiable, getting about easy and the lack of tourists meant that most places were (very) quiet. Birding was superb throughout.
2015 [07 July] - Sam Woods
...A memorable male Lattice-tailed Trogon in the foothills of Braulio Carrillo on our first morning that opened the floodgates for trogons; 9 species from the family (i.e. all that were possible on this itinerary) were seen!; the must-see Resplendent Quetzal was one of these, with it’s wispy long tail covert feathers trailing behind him within the scenic Oak cloudforest of Savegre. The full set of motmots on this itinerary were also seen (i.e. 4 species), including the stunning Turquoise-browed Motmot in the steamy lowlands of Carara a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean; a dozen species of woodpecker was found, with the large red, and black-and-white form of Pale-billed Woodpecker being a particular standout, due to the prolonged views obtained in the lowland jungles of the Caribbean; 14 species of parrots.
2015 [08 August] - Sam Woods - Limited Mobility Tour
This was by no means typical of many of the Costa Rica tours we run, designed, specifically for two people of limited mobility. The main scope of the tour was to have good sets of feeders almost everywhere for the photographer in the party, make sure we got cracking looks at Scarlet Macaws, as this species was a major wish for both the participants; and to ensure we had some easy going birding for the other person in the group.
2015 [11 November] - Paul Rogers
...A farmyard pond attracts over 50 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and a well-coloured Northern Jaçana. The clouds have lifted to reveal the distinctive conical outline of the Arenal Volcano, photographs are a must as an insurance against future inclement weather. After the "tourist town" of La Fortunate we take the unmade track into the National Park, the bumps are difficult to avoid but after a long day it has two rewards a Common Paraque sitting on the side of the track and some excellent accommodation....
2015 [12 December] - Birding Ecotours
Our last custom tour of 2015 was a short 6-days tour in Costa Rica, which included two of the main natural habitats: The Caribbean lowlands in the northern part of the country, including visits to the famous La Selva Biological Station, the Sarapiquí River and Selva Verde Lodge, and the cloudforest of the Cordillera de Talamanca, including Cerro de la Muerte and Savegre Mountain Lodge.
2015 [12 December] - Dave Stejskal - Rancho Naturalista
...We had to deal with some uncooperative weather at the start of this tour, with rain and wind on Volcan Irazu that first morning on our way to Rancho, and then we couldn't seem to shake the rain that first full morning at Rancho. But, after that, it was pretty darned lovely for the remainder of the tour...
2015 [12 December] - Eduardo Ormaeche
...Other birds this morning included several Sootycapped Bush Tanagers, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, brief views of Black-cheeked Warbler and Flame-throated Warbler, as well as several North American migrants like Wilson’s and Townsend Warblers and Philadelphia Vireo...
2016 [01 January] - Christopher Hall
...but as we near the Quetzal Lodge at an altitude of 8694 feet, the clouds give way to a bright blue sky. A Black-billed Nightingale-thrush hops around the parking lot, with the jizz of a Robin, as we swap the coach for a couple of 4x4 jeeps to take us the final few yards down a steep incline to a stake out for Quetzals...
2016 [01 January] - Jay Vander Gaast
...Things started out well on our first couple of short outings from the Bougainvillea. On the first afternoon stroll, we picked up a pair of the very local Prevost's Ground-Sparrows, while a trio of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls were the highlight of another foray early the next morning. After a delicious breakfast, we were off for the south, on what was mainly a travel day. But what a travel day! After a quick stop near Cartago for Sedge Wrens, which performed amazingly well, we spent the rest of the morning in the highlands, birding the entrance road to Paraiso Quetzal....
2016 [01 January] - Jesse Fagan - Rancho Naturalista
...We didn't get any rain, so most days were productive for birds and birding and we made the most of it. There were lots of highlights, but the standouts for y'all included White-necked Jacobin (a regular to hummingbird feeders, but its white coattails impressed most), Bat Falcon (on a daytime perch at Tapanti), Emerald Tanager (a show-stopper for sure), Sunbittern (and we got to see the "sun spots"), Resplendent Quetzal (man-oh-man, what great looks), and (drum roll) the group favorite, Purple-crowned Fairy. It was hard to beat our experience of watching one bathe in the hummingbird pools -- so elegant and peaceful. Indeed, a moving experience for many....
2016 [02 February] - Cameron Cox
.... Costa Rica boasts both quality and quantity! Costa Rica’s quality was apparent on this trip over and over but particularly when a male Black-crested Coquette repeatedly hovering right in front of us, in the stunning looks at both Great Green and Scarlet Macaws we enjoyed, in watching a Northern Tamandua, an arboreal anteater, tear into a termite mound, in the surprise of a Streakchested Antpitta hopping into the trail right in front of us, in exceptional view after exceptional view of stunning Resplendent Quetzals, and in the surprise Three-wattled Bellbird at the 11th hour of the trip...
2016 [02 February] - David Wolf
...There is such an astounding wealth of things for the naturalist to see and do in this small, efficient, bird-friendly country! Our 2016 “Short Costa Rica” tour took full advantage of this abundance for an action-packed week of birding, enjoying the spectacular scenery and fabulous vegetation almost as much as the birds themselves as we explored three very different environments, from the Caribbean lowlands to the high temperate mountains. Every day brought highlights, and by the end of the week we had seen some of the most special birds of Central America....
2016 [02 February] - George Lin
...On the Costa Rica Photo Journey, we cover the Caribbean Moist Forest, Central American Dry Forest, Moist Pacific Mangroves, Pacific Moist Forest and Talamancan Montane Forest. On the Tropical Birding Photo Journey, we target birds that are not only colorful or unique, but easy to photograph. Even though this was the very first Photo Journey in Costa Rica, we had great results from our trip...
2016 [03 March] - Richard Coomber
...We had great views of many of their lifers. Clay-colored Thrushes, Costa Rica's national bird, were very much in evidence as were several Rufous-naped Wrens and when Herman played the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl call half a dozen or more Tennessee Warblers appeared along with a Yellow Warbler, Social Flycatchers and Baltimore Oriole. The least satisfactory species was a White-eared Ground-Sparrow skulking along the edge of a shrubbery on the perimeter of the property...
2016 [03 March] - Sam Woods
Costa Rica is indisputably one of the World’s greatest birding countries; a small country hemmed in by the Caribbean Sea on one side and Pacific Ocean on the other, it is dissected in the center with a series of mountain ranges that are rich in bird species endemic to the region...
2016 [07 July] - David Ascanio
...From San José we drove to the famed Cerro de la Muerte or, as we should call it, Cerro Buena Vista. This was the prime location to look for one of our target species, the Resplendent Quetzal...
2016 [07 July] - Scott Olmstead
... One of the top highlights of an action-packed morning was a Great Curassow; we heard it booming and worked hard to locate it, triangulating the sound, determining the bird was above us in the trees, searching for openings through the branches, and eventually finding it perched in the subcanopy high above us. Great views for everyone of this threatened Cracid, an emblematic species of La Selva! Farther down the trail we heard White-fronted Nunbird, and Joel led us down a side trail to a small clearing where we all began scanning the treetop that seemed to be the source of its loud and frantic call...
2016 [10 October] - Forrest D Rowland
...Among tour highlights that didn’t qualify for the Top 10 were beautiful Northern Tufted Flycatchers, Chestnut-colored Woodpeckers at eye-level, Black-bellied Hummingbirds showing off their bizarre flat-top hairdos, Black-breasted Wood Quail singing right before our eyes, Spotted Wood Quail pumping their crests in full view, Ornate Hawk-Eagle...
2016 [11 November] - David Ascanio
...We also enjoyed many Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds and grasped (for seconds) a view of the Lesso's or Blue-diademed Motmot...
2016 [12 December] - Sue Bryan
...Unfortunately Paul had very little holiday allowance left, but we thought we could squeeze a few days in at Christmas during his compulsory work’s shut down...
2017 [01 January] - Jesse Fagan & Cali Rodriguez - Rancho Naturalista
...We had some nice highlights this trip: Semiplumbeous Hawk (the first time I had seen it on this tour), Ruddy Pigeon (just kidding), Mottled Owl (always good to see an owl), Common PaUraque (he was in my suitcase when I got home), Purple-crowned Fairy and Snowcaps (bathing in the hummingbird pools; follow the white laser pointer), Resplendent Quetzal (how did Cali spot that bird?), the moth cloth phenomenon (good looks at three species of woodcreeper, a wood-wren, warblers, flycatchers, and Orange-billed Sparrow), Social Flycatcher (I think we finally figured this guy out), SNOWY COTINGA, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, and Emerald Tanager...
2017 [01 January] - Tom Hibbert & Lauren Booth
...A Rufous-collared Sparrow showed well in the car park, whilst a short walk around a Walmart produced a number of species including Yellow Warbler, Red-billed Pigeon, Inca Dove, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird and a noisy flock of Crimson-fronted Parakeet. The biggest surprise, however, was a flyover Ringed Kingfisher....
2017 [01 January] - Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory
...It didn’t take long to get started; we birded right near the grounds of the Hotel Bougainvillea where we saw a few species not seen anywhere else on the trip. Sightings included the large Rufous-naped Wren, the more secretive Cabanis’s Wren (a recent split from Plain Wren), Inca Dove, swarms of Crimson-fronted Parakeets, and even a pair of Yellow-naped Parrots perched out back....
2017 [02 February] - Bob Buckler
... Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher was voted bird of the trip but several species came a close second such as: the iconic Resplendent Quetzal, Sunbittern, Red-capped Manakin, Fiery-billed Aracari and Acorn Woodpecker which all received votes....
2017 [02 February] - George Lin
This was a private tour for clients with limited time available, so a custom itinerary was in order. We covered the Caribbean Moist Forest, a little bit of the Central American Cloud Forest and the Central American Dry Forest.
2017 [02 February] - Keith Barnes
Costa Rica is a small Central American country with an excellent reputation for birdwatchers, naturalists, and nature photographers from all over the world. With an excellent infrastructure and a wonderful national parks system, visitors can feel and enjoy nature almost everywhere.
2017 [03 March] - Nigel Jones and Herman Venegas
For me the highlight of the tour was watching a pair of Resplendent Quetzals feeding on wild avocados – t he male with its long green upper tail coverts flowing over its tail. However, the supporting cast was fantastic, with both Great Green and Scarlet Macaws, Sungrebe and Sunbittern and a whole host of colourful toucans, aracaris, barbets and tanagers.
2017 [04 April] - David Wolf
Even after many trips over many years we continue to be amazed by Costa Rica, so small in size but huge in possibilities! There are few other places where such a diversity of birds can be seen so readily, in such a compact area.
2017 [04 April] - Jay VanderGaast & Cory Gregory
I was excited to join Jay for this classic tour of Costa Rica this year. For being such a small country, Costa Rica is a rich and tropical paradise full of colorful critters and an amazing avifauna. Joining Jay on his former “home turf” was both rewarding and insightful, especially because we got to share all the fun and excitement with you all. It was a great group of people and both Jay and I enjoyed your company.
2017 [04 April] - Pete Morris
2017 [05 May] - Bram Vogels
2017 [05 May] - Dušan Brinkhuizen
2017 [06 June] - David Ascanio
2017 [07 July] - Jay Packer
This Costa Rican photo journey featured visits to five regions of this small Central American country. We covered the moist Caribbean slope, Caribbean lowlands, dry forests on the Pacific slope, a large tropical river, and cloud forests of the volcanic highlands.
2017 [08 August] - Brent Steury - San Jose and Puntarenas Province, Carara National Park
We arrived at one of the friendliest airports in the Americas - San Jose, Costa Rica - and checked in to the Wyndham Herradura for one night. Birded around the pool area and from the hotel balcony which provided a nice overlook of a long row of mango trees on the north side of the hotel.
2017 [08 August] - Derek and Vivien Gruar
2017 [11 November] - David Ascanio
During our morning in these ga rdens we were accompanied by the scratchy voice of the Rufous-naped Wren and the explosive so ng of the Melodious Blackbird. Is there a better way to be welcomed to a country? Rufous-tail ed Hummingbirds and Hoffman’s Woodpeckers were moving around, along with numerous Neotropical migrants including Blackpoll and Yellow warblers, Red-eyed Vireo, Yel low-throated Vireo, and an unidentified Empidonax flycatcher.
2018 [01 January] - Bob Meinke
Early arrivals filtered into San José on Thursday and Friday, before the start of the main trip. We were picked up at the international airport and transferred to the Bougainvillea Hotel, one of the few independently-owned hotels remaining in Costa Rica’s Central Valley.
2019 [01 January] - Eduardo Ormaeche
Our final bird list included, among many others, sightings of Resplendent Quetzal, Great Curassow, Snowcap, Buffy Tuftedcheek, American Dipper, Streak-chested Antpitta, Spectacled Owl, Black-and-white Owl, Great Potoo, Turquoise-browed Motmot, White-eared Ground Sparrow, Spangle-cheeked Tanager, Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher, Spotted Wood Quail, Northern Barred Woodcreeper, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Great Green Macaw, Coopery-headed Emerald, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Timberline Wren, Volcano Junco, Fiery-billed Aracari, Scarlet Macaw, Mangrove Hummingbird, Prong-billed Barbet, Red-headed Barbet, Merlin, Black Guan, and Snowy Cotinga.
Places to Stay
Aguila de Osa Inn
Dreaming of hiking Costa Rica`s world-famous tropical rainforest…
Almonds & Corals Lodge
Located in the heart of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is a delightful relaxing place with the magic touch of Nature; a unique idea for accommodation. This is a rare opportunity to get a feeling for the jungle, living in the wild while maintaining a level of luxury. Each tent lies under giant trees in a forest so dense that the Sun rays hardly touch the ground. Each tent is placed over a platform lifted up on stilts and orchids hang from the branches and like in a fairy tale, as you walk through the enchanted forest, by passages on stilts, suddenly you are in front of the magnificent Caribbean with your feet on golden sand, coconuts and the bay of Manzanillo where you can almost hear the rythm of Calypso…
Ambassador Hotel - San Jose
We have put together all the adequate elements to make you feel at home. During your stay you`ll find those small details that make a big difference, and those pampering vacations you are looking forward to experience… rooms for disabled.
Anamaya Resort is truly an exotic place, built on a cliff edge and overlooking the most incredible ocean views. The resort is a few steps away from epic waterfalls, surrounded by rainforests, and located in one of the world’s most beautiful tropical beach towns…
Ara Ambigua Lodge
The lodge has three hectares of protected secondary forest that has been in recovery for many years with trails where guests can observe the flora and fauna that is characteristic of the tropical rainforest.
Arco Iris Lodge
On a small hillside, neighboring the pittoresque village of Santa Elena de Monteverde, the Arco Iris Lodge seems to be in another world. Yet it is only a few minutes walk to the center of the village.The Cabins are independently situated in a tropical highland garden which allows you a maximum of privacy and tranquillity in a peaceful environment. The rooms are tastefully furnished and vary in size. Each Cabin has a private bath with hot water. The Arco Iris Lodge is ecologically managed by its german owners.
See from your room the most active Volcano of Costa Rica. Nature… Feel the magic of the tropical rainforest…
Arenal Observatory Lodge
At the Arenal Observatory Lodge, you can enjoy the sound & fury of Arenal Volcano`s constant eruptions from the comfort of your room, or from one of the many perfect volcano viewing sites around the lodge. Over 300 species of birds have been spotted in the area around the Arenal Observatory Lodge. Well-marked and groomed trails through primary forest, wide open pasture land, secondary forests and cooled off lava flows offer a wide variety of habitats and bird watching opportunities.
We offer also several kilometers of private trails on our own 65 hectares Finca…
Hotel Arenal Rossi, your home in La Fortuna, Costa Rica invites you to experience the warmth of our family atmosphere and the stunning views of the Arenal Volcano. We are located outside of the risk area of the volcano…
Arenal Vista Lodge
Located right across of the Arenal Lake, the Lodge was built for comfort and relaxation. The lake is ideal for practicing your favorite sports. We offer you fishing, boat riding and additional water sports. Horses and bicycles are available for rent. You might also enjoy a nature walk alone the Hotel`s scenic trails…
Atlantida Cahuita Lodge
Live a great adventure in a very exotic place surrounded by wonderful rainforest, but with comfort. Come and visit Atlantida Lodge, located on the caribbean coast of Costa Rica, a Central American country well known by its beautiful natural scenery, its huge National Parks, the peaceful life style and the traditional democratic regime…
Aviarios del Caribe
Aviarios del Caribe has some of the cutest residents in all of Costa Rica. They’re so cute that regular visitors shell out $25 for a tour and a constant stream of volunteers is moving in and out of the center’s residences. We’re talking about three-toed sloths.
This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Hotel Bahia Esmeralda is 200 yards from the beach in Potrero, in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region. It features a free Wi-Fi zone and rooms set in bungalow-style buildings around an outdoor pool.
Blue Jay Lodge
For beach and nature lovers, the quiet seaside village of Mal Pais has it all - surfing, snorkeling, horseback riding, ocean fishing, nearby Cabo Blanco National Park and Nature Reserve, birdwatching, wildlife, swimming and sunbathing, and some of the most intense sunsets in Costa Rica! And, The Blue Jay Lodge is in the center of Mal Pais, only a short walk to the beach and other activities, with comfortable and private bungalows in a natural setting…
Bosque de Paz
…a large Biological corridor for the future generations to enjoy and admire, and create consciousness about the importance of conservation…
Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge
The Osa Peninsula is an incredibly unique and interesting corner of the world. Literally teeming with life, the Osa is one of the most biologically diverse places in existence, boasting over 750 species of trees, 117 species of reptiles, and almost 10,000 species of insects. The Osa Peninsula is also home to Corcovado National Park, which covers approximately 100,000 acres of land, and is renown as the crown jewel of the Costa Rican national parks system…
Bosque del Tolomuco B&B
A peaceful retreat located in the heart of the Talamanca Mountains in Southern Pacific Costa Rica. Surrounded by gardens and natural habitat where birds fly over all day long, our lodge is a peaceful spot to spend a few days, a week or your entire vacation. With access to National Parks, hiking trails, and tours, Bosque del Tolomuco is the perfect choice…
Bougainvillea Hotel - Santo Domingo de Heredia
The national bird, the yiguirro is one of the most common birds which can be seen in our gardens. The most exotic, fascinating bird is the colibrí , the tiny hummingbird which is in almost constant motion. Another often sighted species in the Bougainvillea is the rufous-tail, a medium sized bird whose throat and breast are glittering green and the tail is reddish brown. The back gardens area behind the tennis court is the best place to find the blue –crowned motmot which has a blufish green throat and a very long tail. Another bird easily seen is the tropical kingbird with its gray head and olive-yellow breast…
Buena Vista is bordered by Corcovado National Park, and is lush with a multitude of flowering and fruiting plants and trees. The preserve is alive with wildlife, including monkeys, tropical birds and spectacular butterflies. Toucans, parrots, and large iridescent blue Morpho butterflies are favorites seen from your room…
Cano Negro Lodge
These amazing wetlands are located in the northern zone of Costa Rica, close to the small village of Los Chiles in the Province of Alajuela…
Our immediate area offers the rare opportunity to experience nature at its most spectacular and unspoiled. It is home to four types of monkey, hundreds of bird species (there are over 300 species of birds identified in the immediate area); sloth, iguana, anteaters, iridescent butterflies and myriad varieties of vegetation. It is a principle stronghold of the endangered squirrel monkey and scarlet macaw, and offers more opportunity to view these rare animals than anywhere in Central America. We also share our neighborhood with toucans, parrots, hawks, tanagers, parakeets, pelicans and many other birds; coatis; agoutis; tayras; kinkajous; and armadillos.
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
Tucked away in a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica, Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge is the closest thing to a magical natural Lost World; in fact, local access is only possible by boat! All in a totally enviromentally-conscious architectural design. Definitely the ultimate experience for enviroment-friendly people.
Casa Río Blanco B&B
Casa Río Blanco is a small, family run B&B, that focuses on those people who want a rainforest experience, scientific interests or enjoy birdwatching. Located only an hour's drive from San José, Casa Río Blanco is located near the town of Guápiles, within easy range of the beaches on the Caribbean Coast, Tortuguero, Sarapiquí and other points of interest…
Our small hotel, Casa Romantica, is located near Nosara, at the beach of Guiones in the province of Guanacaste. A perfect spot for swimming and surfing. Relax and enjoy your vacation in our tropical garden which surrounds the swimming pool, restaurant and bar…
Casa Turire recalls the gracious charm of a colonial plantation home. In the heart of the verdant Turrialba agricultural region, this beautiful estate is enfolded by the wild Reventazón River with the imposing presence of the Turrialba Mountains forming a dramatic backdrop…
Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort
Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is a remote, eco-conscious beachfront resort set among 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve. We are located in Southern Pacific Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula, perfectly situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park in an area known as "Caletas" (small coves). This area of the Osa Peninsula is accessible by boat only and is one of the most remote and untouched places on Costa Rica’s entire Pacific coastline…
Costa Rica Tree House
The Tree House is situated on the famous Punta Uva beach, which is considered to be one of Costa Rica`s most beautifull beaches. The house is built on two levels connecting to each other with adventurous steel cable bridges…
Drake Bay Resort
This week an unsual group of beautiful Scarlet Macaws are flying over the Resort numbering about 30. This is the mating season and they keep their mate for their lifetime…
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El Cafetal Inn
Our working coffee plantation is surrounded by beautiful mountain a nature preserve canyon and big river in the mornings one can hear the howlers monkeys which come to feed from a tree right outside of our backyard where we have provided for your enjoyment- a lookout point mirador making and ideal spot for bird watching…
El Establo Mountain Resort
From our balconies you will experience sunsets and a breathtaking view. Quaker friendship awaits you in our hotel, set in a private 150 acres farm (50% protected primary forest) adjacent to the Monteverde Reserve…
The hotel and villas Bahia Esmeralda has been recently constructed, and is under Italian administration. It is located in the region of Guanacaste, in the North Pacific, only 3km away from the center of Flamingo and 150 meters from the beach. Flamingo is internationally known for its gorgeous beaches, its marine richness and for its microclimate, which is particulary favorable for all the aquatic activities throughout the year, and it`s the only equipped port in the Nicoya Peninsula. The hotel is surrounded by a lush tropical garden…
Esquinas Rainforest Lodge is a tropical paradise in the remote jungle of southern Costa Rica, surrounded by the untouched wilderness of new Piedras Blancas National Park. It was financed by the government of Austria as part of a model project combining development aid, nature conservation, and rainforest research. All profits go to the local community.
The tropical white sand beach stretches out long and wide, perfect for building sand castles or going for an early morning jog. The coral and rock reefs at both ends of the beach provide a safe place to swim, without riptides…
Golfo Dulce Lodge
The Golfo Dulce Lodge consists of more than 300 hectares (750 acres) of jungle. Our goal is to conserve the existing virgin rainforest, and to set up a small place for nature and animal lovers to experience the magnificent world of an almost untouched environment on an individual basis, away from tourist crowds. So far, 336 different species of birds have been identified…
Hacienda Baru – a privately-owned National Wildlife Refuge on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica with cabins, restaurant and nature-oriented tours and adventures…
Hacienda Lodge Guachipelin
… is located at the foot of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, near the town of Curubande, in the province of Guanacaste. The Hacienda borders the popular Rincón de la Vieja National Park…
Our hotel is a short five-minute walk north of beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos, Costa Rica. Here our guests enjoy lush tropical landscaping, a refreshing pool, beautiful balcony views and convenient beachfront access right in our own backyard. It`s the perfect place for surfers to stay for surfing in Manuel Antonio…
Boyeros Hotel & Conference Center is a family business that was founded in 1970 by Heriberto Rodriguez.
Hotel Brasilito is located in the northern part of the Pacific Coast in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The budget Hotel Brasilito is just in front of the fabulous Brasilito and Conchal beaches. From here its just a pleasant 600 m beachwalk to the luxury Hotel Melia Conchal. Hotel Brasilito is part of a wonderful tropical garden direct on the beach…
Hotel Capitan Suizo
Stretched along the wide golden expanse of Playa Tamarindo in the center of Costa Rica`s famed Pacific beached. Capitán Suizo epitomizes the laid-back charm of this seaside community. With twenty-two rooms and eight bungalows set amidst the riotous color of tropical gardens, Capitán Suizo offers the ideal beach retreat. The centerpiece if Capitán Suizo is a large free-form swimming pool surrounded by glorious gardens. A sanctuary of nature, bands of Howler Monkeys are frequent visitors and a variety of birds will share the breakfast buffet…
…bungalows nestled in exotic tropical gardens between the pristine white sand beach of Playa Cocles and lush natural jungle (more info about us). Enjoy our award-winning service and our full range of amenities and facilities in a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. Paradise is waiting for you!
Hotel Claro de Luna
Surrounded by beautiful scenery with views to the Gulf of Nicoya and the mountains of Monteverde you will find our Hotel Claro de Luna. The most beautiful Mahogany wood house nicely finished with an excellent ambiance special decorated rooms.
Hotel La Mariposa
Hotel La Mariposa bids you a warm welcome to our place in paradise. We strive to make your viewing experience as informative as possible. Our hotel is so special, that the images contained herein are unable to convey the abundant beauty of the surroundings….
Hotel Lagarta Lodge
LAGARTA - LODGE, set on a hill about 40 m above sea level, offers a wonderful view of the coastline of Ostional, the mountains, the river mouth from Rio Nosara and also over the forest, which belongs to the Reserva Biologica Nosara…
Hotel Los Lagos
Among our services, we provide our guests with a tour on horse in the hotel`s area, with a path that goes near a lake and passes on the observatory where, with a clear day, you can appreciate the great Arenal volcano…
Hotel Montaña Monteverde
Hotel Montaña Monteverde is situated within minutes from many local attractions, incluiding the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Santa Elena Rain Forest Reserve, the Canopy Tour, the Sky Walk, the Sky Trek, the Butterfly Garden, the Orchid Garden, the Serpentarium, the Ecological Farm and the Hidden Valley Trail. In addition, there are several artists studios and gift shops to make your stay here more memorable.
Located in the heart of the suburban district of San Rafael de Escazú ( 7 km west of San Jose Capital City) 20 minutes away from the International Juan Santa Maria Airport. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens..
Here you will find the ancient rainforest with over 350 species of birds…
Jardin Escondido - The Hidden Garden
The Hidden Garden is a unique healing and learning center in Costa Rica. We offer natural treatments, alternative learning experiences, exciting ecological tours and healing vacation packages for groups and individuals. Our sustainable and organic garden is home to over 100 medicinal plants, delicious foods, beautiful birds, exotic butterflies and other jungle wildlife. We are located between the jungle and the beach, just outside the enchanting Caribbean village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica…
La Carolina Lodge
…is a rustic guesthouse on the eastern slopes of Volcano Tenorio. We are located in a less traveled region of northwestern Costa Rica, amidst sunny jungles and volcanic mountains. The lodge sits on 170 acres, nestled in rainforest and fed by a freshwater river. We have a warm, friendly, Costa Rican staff and excellent home-cooked meals. The lodge is also a full-time cattle ranch and farm…
La Casa que Canta Birdwatching Villas
Self-catering cottages for those who want to go it alone! - La Casa que Canta is a small property of slightly over 2 hectares situated in Barrio Jesus, Sta. Barbara de Heredia…
La Ceiba Tree Lodge
The upper part of the finca is primeaval jungle, a thirty minute hike gives a good insight in the huge variety of plants, with a little bit of luck You can see howler monkeys, tucans and a lot of the regional species of birds and butterflies…
La Cusinga Lodge
The rainforest-surrounded beach at La Cusinga, called Playa de Arco is part of Ballena (Whale) Marine National Park, created to protect its various coastal marine habitats, also endangered species like the Pacific hawksbill turtles that live and nest here, and the humpback whales that visit the park every year from both Northern and Southern hemispheres…
La Joya Retreat
La Joya de la Jungla, the Jewel of the Jungle, is a cliffside tree-house retreat with sweeping views of the sea, mountains, and rain forest. Just a pleasant fifteen minute walk from magnificent Caribbean beaches, La Joya offers convenient access to a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, jungle tours, sea kayaking, surfing, horseback riding, biking, and some of the best birdwatching in the western hemisphere. If exploration of the world`s most beautiful ecosystems, coupled with authentic tropical living in a simple but tasteful atmosphere is what your looking for, La Joya is the place for you.
La Paloma Lodge
The resort is spread over 12 richly landscaped acres and surrounded by dense tropical rainforest. We have planted hundreds of plants and trees that are not only lovely to see but also attract a variety of birds and wildlife…
Located 60m miles from San Jose, La Quinta is centered in a tropical rainforest paradise. La Quinta is a short drive from several of Costa Rica`s most popular parks including La Paz Waterfall, Pineapple plantations, Arenal Valcano, Braulio Carrillo National Park and the world famous La Selva Biological Station…
LAGARTA - LODGE, set on a hill about 40 m above sea level, offers a wonderful view of the coastline of Ostional, the mountains, the river mouth from Rio Nosara and also over the forest, which belongs to the Reserva Biologica Nosara. LAGARTA - LODGE has seven bedrooms, for up to 3 people, with private bathroom, hot water and ceiling fan. Each room has an exceptional view of the beach, river and our nature reserve.
Laguna del Lagarto Lodge
The Laguna del Lagarto Eco-Lodge in Northern Costa Rica offers you 1250 Acres (500 Hectares) of virgin tropical rainforest with an incredible variety of fauna and flora. 350 different species of birds have been counted, among them the Great Green Macaw…
Lake Coter Eco-Lodge
The relaxing and friendly atmosphere make our guests feel right at home. The tranquility and beautiful environment provide a unique opportunity to enjoy the colors and sounds of nature; discovering the ecological wonders of Costa Rica…
Lapa Rios Lodge
Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America`s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, making it the destination that matches every one`s idea of paradise.
Venture away from the comfort of the Lookout Inn each morning and enjoy the Largest Protected Tract of Pacific Coast Rainforest remaining in the Western Hemisphere, and yet return to a comfortable room at the end of a long day of exploring. And best of all, The Lookout Inn is very affordable…
Centro dedicado a la danza y las artes del movimiento, frente al mar, 3.5 kms. entre Montezuma y Cabuya. Se ofrecen talleres sobre la educacion somática, el entrenamiento y terapia con balones (enfoque SOMA-RITMOS); danzas latinoamericanas y otros. Disponible para alquiler a profesores y artistas en las artes del movimiento, a grupos para conferencias, presentaciones, residencias, vacaciones familiares y otros eventos…
Enjoy our fully equipped cabins, immersed in mind-soothing nature, surrounded by beautiful native gardens and exuberant forest, built far apart from each other for extreme privacy and equipped with all cooking essentials. Explore our 8 hectare private reserve and/or spot wildlife right outside your window! All while being close to all the awesome activities that Monteverde has to offer.
Luna Lodge was constructed by Costa Rican people with the issues of conservation and preservation of the rainforest a priority. The lodge has been developed with creative initiative and commitment to the ideals of educating visitors to be environmentally and culturally sensitive…
Located on the Northeast area of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, between the Tortuguero Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. You can reach the lodge by land/boat or by air. By land is a 3 hours drive from San Jose towards the Port of Marina followed by a 2 to 2 1/2 riverboat trip along the Canals of Tortuguero to Mawamba Lodge.
The stretch of Caribbean coast from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo is one of the best guarded secrets of Costa Rica. Unspoiled by large commercial tourism, those visiting this area will find small and intimate beaches, coral reefs with dolphin and beautiful fish and the rainforest with hundreds of birds and exotic plants.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge
Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge is a Costa Rica hotel with a 70 acres private property with primary and secondary forest, & 5 km of private trails where you can find more than 180 species of birds…
Monteverde Hotel BellBird
Monteverde Hotel BellBird site hosting is recommended to visit the most famous cloud forest in the world. Our convenient location will make your stay even more comfortable, we are only 15 minutes from downtown Santa Elena and 10 minutes from Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Orosi Valley is located one hour east of the capital San Jose and offers you everything you need to enjoy your stay in this highest quality coffee producing site of Costa Rica. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching and swimming are just a few of the things you can do to relax. There are two thermal volcanic springs right next to the Lodge and several refreshing cold pools in the area. You may explore the wild life of the Tapanti National Park, go fishing trouts in Purisil or just sit on the porch of one of the small typical Soda restaurants, sip a fresh tropical fruit drink and watch the village life…
Tortuguero is one of the wilderness areas in Costa Rica, with the greatest biological variety. 11 habitats had been identified, such as 2000 species of plants and 400 species of trees. There is also a very wide wildlife variety: 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles, 309 species of birds recorded, 30 species of fresh water fish, included the Gar,, considered to be a living fossil, 60 species of mammals…
Pacuare Jungle Lodge
Welcome to the Pacuare Lodge, a jungle oasis nestled in the middle of an enchanting rainforest. Unique among Costa Rica's eco-lodges and accessible only by river or hike, we offer this unforgettable escape in connection with white-water rafting and hiking packages
Posada Andrea Cristina
At Posada Andrea Cristina, your hosts Alexander Martinez and family will provide you with affordable, comfortable accommodation, a wonderful home-cooked breakfast, and the best Costa Rican coffee you can imagine! Special meals can be arranged upon request. We offer bilingual service in Spanish and English, and can provide you with a wealth of information about the flora, fauna, and people of the surrounding area…
Punta Leona Beach Hotel
Punta Leona has one of the most important private reserves in Costa Rica’s Pacific Zone, principally because of it’s geographic location and conservation plan. This refuge was created 27 years ago and consists of 300 hectares (750 acres) of primary and secondary forest. The reserve is of great importance from a biological standpoint because it is one of the few remaining forests in the transitional life zone between the Dry Forest of the Northwest and the Rainforest of the Southwest.
Punta Marenco Lodge
Punta Marenco Lodge is located in a paradise, conserved for 20 years as a Biological Reserve by a family of Costaricans. This land was previously known as Marenco Biological Reserve, but now, by owner effort, has been declared by the government of Costa Rica as a new National Wild Life Refuge…
Pura Vida Hotel
Pura Vida Hotel is situated in a residential area just north of the International airport. We are a great base camp for birders arriving or departing from Costa Rica. We are half way between the Pacific coast and the Caribbean. We can organize day trips or extended tours for birders to anywhere in the country. We have our own English speaking driver/guides to assist you. Our transportation and guide web site is here: http://insightcostarica.com/
Quepos Hot Springs Lodge
Quepos Hot Springs offers an opportunity to relax and renew in the mineral-laden water with seemingly magical powers. Bathe among the several pools with cascades of steaming water. Along the way, you'll be overwhelmed by the beautiful plants and flowers, birds and butterflies, and other wildlife of the Costa Rican rain forest. You'll explore several magnificent caverns, and climb a Mountain of Gold.
Rancho La Merced
Rancho La Merced is situated on the Pacific Coast near Punta Uvita and the Ballena Marine National Park. The ranch has an area of 1250 acres which is comprised of a forest reserve with both primary and secondary tropical wet forest as well as pasture, mangrove estuary, frontage on the Morete River and beach. It offers a wide variety of environments for you to explore to find interesting birds, reptiles, insects and mammals…
At Rancho we observe the tradition of coffee and birding before breakfast on our balcony, where over 240 species have been recorded. You will be impressed by the variety of birds arriving daily at our feeders.
At the Rara Avis Rainforest Reserve, you can wander deep inside the jungles of Costa Rica. Here you can experience the the primeval forest in all its glory - thousands of species of plants and animals, living in the balance and harmony they’ve enjoyed for millions of years. Welcome to Rara Avis! Bordering Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Zona Protectora La Selva, Rara Avis is a fascinating project in commercial rainforest conservation - using ecotourism to make the rainforest profitable without destroying it, and using publicity to teach others to do the same. The Costa Rican rainforest is a wonderland for nature lovers, biologists, photographers and birders.
During your stay, you will have the chance to admire a large variety of birds, butterflies, reptiles, mammals, and many other creatures of the tropical rainforest and lowlands…
Samasati Nature Retreat
Samasati is an Eco Resort, ideal for nature lovers, birdwatchers, group processes and individuals looking for adventure, relaxation and renewal…
Savegre Mountain Hotel
We are a company dedicated to fine hotel service, and our fundamental interest is to provide the local and international tourist with an experience and visit that fully meets their expectations. Our services, provided in environment of warmth and comfort, reflect the tranquility of what is meant by Costa Rica. In our establishment you will let go off the tensions caused by modern life and the problems that accompany it…come and let us share with you the splendor of our most important resource: Nature itself…
Selva Bananito Lodge
Bird watching is a major highlight at Selva Bananito Lodge and Reserve in Costa Rica. We are located 15 km inland from the Caribbean, in the path of a major migration route. Our terrain offers lightly forested cattle pastures, organic banana fields, old cacao plantations, river banks, small swamps, and forests - mostly primary but also secondary- ranging in altitude from 100 to 500 meters. Higher altitude forests (up to 900 m) are accessible from the lodge. Below is a list of over 300 birds which have been sighted in our fields and forests…
Selva Verde Lodge
Founded in 1985, Selva Verde Lodge, is located in the lush lowlands of northeastern Costa Rica on a very large, private tract of virgin tropical rainforest and rich second-growth habitats. It is adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Organization for Tropical Studies field station, La Selva.
Trapp Family Lodge
Wether you prefer comfort, the feeling of being in the middle of a charming cloudforest, or a genuine family hospitality, you have choosen the right place. The nearest hotel to the famous Monteverde Cloud forest Reserve, The Trapp Family Lodge offers that in one place…
Experience a close encounter with the Phoenix of our tropical cloud forest, the Quetzal (holy bird of the Mayans); on the nature trails of the Trogon Lodge, perched 7000 feet above sea level near Cerro de la Muerte in San Gerardo de Dota.
Turtle Beach Lodge
Let our guide take you on an informative walk, day or night, on miles of our jungle trails, or go alone and enjoy the stillness. Start just steps from your room and meander all the way to The Canal of Palms. In the jungle, as well as throughout the rest of the property you will enjoy the chatter of colorful birds, three kinds of monkeys, and a wide variety of other kinds of wildlife…
Villa Lapas Hotel counts with 47 rooms all with terrace, forty of them with two queen size beds and the remaining seven with king. The hotel has a private reserve of over 570 acres an due to its proximity to Carara National Park, it has a great variety in flora and fauna . The reserve has three main trails, two of them about 1 mile long each, and are located on the Tarcolitos River waterhed. The third is 3.5 miles long, it is located on the mountain, and has a beatutiful views of the Pacifc coast.
Costa Rica is known for it's colorful bird, the toucan. At Villa Toucan, you will see 3 kinds of toucans and in very high numbers. These include the keel billed toucan, the chestnut mandibled toucan and various toucanitos, a smaller toucan…
Vista Verde Resort
The Vista Verde Resort is located in one of the most remote and primitive areas of the Monteverde region. Situated high atop a hill, it has a commanding view of the Arenal Volcano from the large open terrace in front of the restaurant and bar. The Arenal volcano is the second most active volcano in the world and at only a 10km distance, can be felt and heard as well as seen from the Resort. The nighttime eruptions and lava flows are spectacular . At its base, Lake Arenal frames this Vulcan masterpiece. The entire resort lies within, and overlooks, the Monteverde Cloud forests…
Although it is only 60 kilometers from San José, Volcán Turrialba Lodge is a defintely a secluded hideaway. Our access road is restricted to 4 wheel drive vehicles and we have kept it that way intentionally. The route is clearly posted for those coming on their own. We also offer transfer services, with a capacity of up to 15 passengers, from San José, Turrialba, Cartago, Guápiles, Siquirres an major nearby towns…
CRBO Costa Rica Bird Observatories
The Costa Rica Bird Observatories is a nationwide monitoring initiative created and managed through partnerships among many partners, both private and public. The Observatories’ primary objective includes the promotion of bird conservation and education in Costa Rica through scientific monitoring.
Organization for Tropical Studies
All three field stations are affiliated with the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) to promote interchange of professionals for biological research and education. Constant communication and reciprocal visits of scientists are also promoted between OTS field stations in Costa Rica and those from Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution in Panama…
Costa Rica Living and Birding
After several visits to Costa Rica since 1992, I finally moved here. I am recently married to a Tica I have known since 1994. Any day now, we will have our first daughter! Although It will be her decision, I will try my best to raise a kung-fu practicing birder like myself…
Manuel Antonio Birding
Johan Chaves' blog is intended to share his birding adventures, hoping to help others interested in bird-watching find the specie they are looking for, providing suggestion on places to go or to stay as well as suggestions on guides he has met along the years…
My adventures with bird and nature in Costa Rica…
Birds in Manuel Antonio and Quepos, Costa Rica
The wildlife is variety, you can distinguish 109 species of mammals and 184 of birds. Between the most importance are the raccoon, porcupine, the guatusa, the sloth of two fingres, the sloth of three fingers, the whiteface monkey, the congo monkey and the mono tití specie of endanger because of the destruction of their habitats and the pet used…
Lots of very useful background to the country`s ecology…
A web magazine on birding in Costa Rica - this is the tenth edition - all the others are available on line too…
La Suerte Biological Field Station
This lowland Neotropical region remains one of the most biologically diverse in the world. The field station encompasses 700 acres containing a wealth of habitats including primary and secondary forests, swamps, marshes and pasture. In addition, much of the property lies along the Río La Suerte, a beautiful flowing river that empties into the Caribbean at Tortuguero National Park. The area is home to thousands of plant and insect species as well as hundreds of species of amphibians, reptiles, birds (222 species: see our web site for the bird list at La Suerte) and mammals.
Lista Oficial de las Aves de Costa Rica
The latest version of the Official List of Birds of Costa Rica and Cocos Island. Or ask/report to the Committee on a particular species you observed during your birding trip in Costa Rica…
What to see where…
The Sights and Sounds of Costa Rica
Photographers & Artists
Artist - Dana Garner
I am an artist who has illustrated over 2 dozen books since 1977 on birds and natural history, including field guides to Costa Rica, Singapore, and Wallacea. My time overseas includes 6 years in the New World Tropics and 3 years in Southeast Asia. I have illustrated many of the books of the renowned ornithologist, Alexander Skutch.
Photographer - Donald L. Cohen MD - Costa Rica Birds
My wife and I had the wonderful opportunity to take a trip to Costa Rica in early March, 2004. We travelled with a small group of photographers led by prominent bird photographer, Tom Vezo. The other photographers included Richard S. Mittleman, Bob Stronk, and Steve Hutchcraft…
Photographer - Glen Bartley
Gallery of Costa Rica's birds - excellent images!
Photographer - Richard Garrigues
The following photographs were taken through a Swarovski AT 80 HD telescope (with a handful of exceptions) using a Kodak DC3400 digital camera. Those images which I feel are of particularly good quality are indicated with an asterisk after the English common name. Where sexual dimorphism exists, a photo of a female bird is indicated by (f)…
Photographer- Juan Zamora Photography
My name is Juan Zamora and this place on the web will be where I share my adventures as a Birdwatcher. I’m not a professional photographer neither a biologist; but an engineer who feels a tremendous engagement on showing the world the best side of the paradise I live in -Costa Rica, which is not only one of the best places in the world because of its biodiversity; but is also my home…