Birds of Costa Rica: Costa Rica will make a bird watcher out of anyone. Located in the neotropical region of Central America, over 923 bird species have been identified and recorded in this bird-rich country.
Every bird nerd should add Costa Rica to their lifetime bucket list of Birds of Costa Rica, particularly the Caribbean side of the country, and the Osa Peninsula, which are both known as birdwatcher’s paradise. With toucans, macaws. parrots and vibrant, colorful tanagers surrounding you, we promise you, you will not be disappointed.
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Description: These rare and colorful massive birds are unmistakable as they dominate the sky with their oversized rainbow bodies and their high-pitched screeching calls. Macaws are the largest of the parrot family and their strong wings make their flight a noisy one. Between the loud, furious flapping of their wings and their ear-piercing shrieks, they are typically heard before they are seen.
Known as lapas in Costa Rica, the Scarlet Macaw has mostly scarlet-colored plumage. Striped blue accents run along with their tails and bright patches of yellow and blue cover their wings. They are loyal birds, as they are monogamous and mate for life, and it is unusual to spot one flying solo. These majestic birds can live up to 40 years or longer, and when one loses its mate it is not uncommon for the remaining macaw to die shortly after.
A glowing, bright red bird that is small in size is called Summer Tanager. A common bird in Costa Rica, it can be found throughout the regions in almost any habitat.
Description: The bay-headed tanager is a medium-sized bird
Origin: Resident breeder in Costa Rica, Trinidad, Panama, South America south to Ecuador, Bolivia, and southern Brazil.
The Laughing Falcon is identified by his broad black mask and feeds primarily on snakes
They have large colorful bills with distinctive coloration, markings
Origin: They will spot along the north of South America, the Eastern slope of the Andes from Peru, North through Ecuador and Colombia, Coastal ranges of Venezuela.
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They are also called turquoise honeycreeper is a small passerine bird.
Origin: It is widespread especially in parts of its South American range. This can be found from Nicaragua to Panama, on Trinidad, and in South America south to Bolivia and northern Argentina.
Swallow-tailed Kite. A predatory bird known for its keen vision, this bird is graceful and classic during flight. The long, forked tail is the identifiable trait and they often travel in groups and consume their prey while in flight.
The blue-gray tanager is also called blue jean is a medium-sized South American songbird of the Tanager family, Thraupidae.
It can be seen from all of the Amazon Basin, Mexico south to northeast Bolivia and northern Brazil, Lima, and Trinidad and Tobago.
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Cherrie’s tanager formerly known as the scarlet-rumped tanager is a medium-sized passerine bird.
This tanager is a resident breeder in the Pacific lowlands of Costa Rica and western Panama.
The crested guan is from the Cracidaeis family, a member of an ancient group of birds, which are related to the Australasian Megapodidaemound builders. The plumage is mainly dark brown with white spotting, a long broad tail, and pink legs.
It is mainly found in the Neotropics, in lowlands forests ranging from southern Mexico and the Yucatán Peninsula to western Ecuador and southern Venezuela. It is a social bird, often seen in pairs or small family groups.
This Fiery-billed Aracari is a member of the toucan family has a red-orange upper mandible in addition to a red belly band. It is brightly marked and has a large bill and makes a high-pitched, two-note hiccup call, sometimes considered conspecific.
It breeds only on the Western Panama and Pacific slopes of Southern Costa Rica.