Bird Watching in Costa Rica
A bird watching costa rica vacation is a truly satisfying experience. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an expert: the variety and quantity of Costa Rica birds you can observe in this country is amazing. With 874 species divided into 64 families, there is plenty to look for. Many species are endemic either to Costa Rica or Central America. There are many reasons why this nation is preferred by birders: it’s a small country with varied habitats and an astounding biodiversity, with a strong infrastructure that supports visitors, so bird watchers can stay in a forest lodge take bird watching hikes with an experienced and knowledgeable bilingual guide, or use a great bird watching list or cheat sheet available for use. Think about it: there are more species in Costa Rica than in all of North America, in an area roughly the size of West Virginia. We can assist you by arranging a bird watching Costa Rica trip, where you’ll be able to stay surrounded by nature in comfortable forest lodges, go on hikes or tours to national parks or reserves with knowledgeable bilingual guides, and get the chance to see and hear multiple species of birds and other animals. We arrange all details so you can concentrate on enjoying your holidays.
Costa Rica’s claim to fame is certainly the Resplendent Quetzal. For those seeking the Quetzal, the best areas to head to are the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Barva volcano area and the mountains of Dota and Cerro de la Muerte, south of San José. The male quetzal is covered with emerald green iridescent feathers, sports an attractive mohawk, and has a bright red lower breast and belly. The most striking feature of this beautiful bird is its extremely long tail feathers which double the bird’s length. When the male quetzal sings its liquid trills while perched on a branch, these feathers will hang down pointing to the ground, and when it flies through the forest under story, they stream behind the bird, like banners announcing its arrival. It feeds off the “aguacatillo” fruit, a relative to the avocado. It swallows the whole fruit including the large pit, which it later regurgitates: vital to the conservation of this species is the safeguarding of this tree, its main source of sustenance. To spot a Quetzal, learn to recognize the tree, and sooner or later the birds shall come.
When birding, Costa Rica’s many wonderful wonders will take your breath away. Due to the dense foliage, the only warnings you’ll have of the incredible birds in the vicinity are their songs and calls. The Kiskadee sings to an unknown Victor Diaz throughout Costa Rica, the Long Tailed Manakin with its red crest and bright blue back you’ll see in abundance in the humid forests and Santa Rosa, calling out “Toledo”. Another striking bird is the Blue Crowned Motmot: bright turquoise with a long tail feather with a knob at the end. It’s an interesting with peculiar behavior: its namesake song sounds like a dog playfully barking and when it perches it “wags” its tail. The Keel-Billed Toucan croaks its song from high up the treetops, a sound many mistake for a frog: it certainly makes up for its lack of singing skills with the beauty of its rainbow colored bill. How about the Laughing Falcon? Locals call it “Guaco”, and you can locate this by the repetitive, boisterous, mocking call in the humid forests. The Scarlet Macaw you can see in Palo Verde or in Carara reserve. This beautiful animal is being forced into extinction by the razing of its nesting trees, and now survives in protected areas. Another favorite is the Three Wattled Bellbird: its distinctive song is composed by what sounds like a squeaky gate creaking open 3 times and a final BONK. They are found in the Monteverde Cloud Forest area. Also keep your ears open for the Montezuma Oropendola: its bright yellow and black plumage, hanging basket nests and liquid song make this a great bird to spot whenever you are near humid forests. Thrushes, hummingbirds and migratory birds are also popular to sight. We can assist you in arranging a birding vacation tour: stay at the best locations to spot wonderful birds. Birding in the Caribbean, Pacific coasts or the rainforests and enjoy the beauty of these flying wonders.