Birds of Costa Rica - Located in the neotropical region of Central America, over 923 bird species have been identified and recorded in this bird-rich country.

Birds of Costa Rica

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.

Here are some of our favorite pick of  Birds of Costa Rica photos:

Scarlet Macaws

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.

Scarlet Macaws - Known as lapas in Costa Rica, the Scarlet Macaw has mostly scarlet colored plumage
Scarlet Macaws – Known as lapas in Costa Rica, the Scarlet Macaw has mostly scarlet colored plumage.

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.

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager: A common bird in Costa Rica, which is a glowing, bright red bird that is small in size.
Summer Tanager: A common bird in Costa Rica, which is a glowing, bright red bird that is small in size.

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.

Bay-headed Tanager

Description: The bay-headed tanager is a medium-sized bird

The bay-headed tanager is mainly greens apart from a chestnut head, a blue or green belly, and a thin gold collar on the hindneck.
The bay-headed tanager is mainly greens apart from a chestnut head, a blue or green belly, and a thin gold collar on the hindneck.

Origin: Resident breeder in Costa Rica, Trinidad, Panama, South America south to Ecuador, Bolivia, and southern Brazil.

Laughing Falcon

The Laughing Falcon: It is identified by his broad black mask and feeds primarily on snakes
The Laughing Falcon: It is identified by his broad black mask and feeds primarily on snakes

The Laughing Falcon is identified by his broad black mask and feeds primarily on snakes

Black-mandibled Toucan

Description:

They have large colorful bills with distinctive coloration, markings

Black-mandibled Toucans have large colorful bills with distinctive coloration, markings.
Black-mandibled Toucans 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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​Blue Dacnis

Description:
They are also called turquoise honeycreeper is a small passerine bird.

Blue Dacnis: It is a small passerine bird, also known as turquoise honeycreeper
Blue Dacnis: It is a small passerine bird, also known as turquoise honeycreeper

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

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.
Swallow-tailed Kite. A predatory bird known for its keen vision, this bird is graceful and classic during flight.

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.

Blue-gray Tanager

Description:

The blue-gray tanager is also called blue jean is a medium-sized South American songbird of the Tanager family, Thraupidae.

Blue-gray tanager: It is a medium-sized of the Tanager family, Thraupidae, is also called blue jean.
Blue-gray tanager: It is a medium-sized of the Tanager family, Thraupidae, is also called blue jean.

Origin:
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

Description:
Cherrie’s tanager formerly known as the scarlet-rumped tanager is a medium-sized passerine bird.

Cherrie’s Tanager, formerly known as the scarlet-rumped tanager. This tanager is a resident breeder in the Pacific lowlands of Costa Rica and western Panama.
Cherrie’s Tanager, formerly known as the scarlet-rumped tanager

Origin:
This tanager is a resident breeder in the Pacific lowlands of Costa Rica and western Panama.

Crested Guan

Description:

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.

The crested guan is from the Cracidaeis family, a member of an ancient group of birds. The plumage is mainly dark brown with white spotting, a long broad tail, and pink legs.
The crested guan is mainly dark brown with white spotting, a long broad tail, and pink legs.

Origin:
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.

Fiery-billed Aracari

Description:
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.

Fiery-billed Aracari - This is a member of the toucan family has a red-orange upper mandible in addition to a red belly band.
Fiery-billed Aracari – This is a member of the toucan family has a red-orange upper mandible in addition to a red belly band.

Origin:
It breeds only on the Western Panama and Pacific slopes of Southern Costa Rica.

Golden-hooded Tanager

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golden-hooded-tanager

Golden-naped Woodpecker

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golden-naped-woodpecker

Green Honeycreeper (female)

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green-honeycreeper-female

​Lineated Woodpecker

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lineated-woodpecker

Mottled Owl

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mottled-owl

Palm Tanager

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palm-tanager

A pair of Scarlet Macaws

A pair of Macaws
A pair of Macaws

Slaty-tailed Trogon

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slaty-tailed-trogon

Tropical Gnatcatcher

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tropical-gnatcatcher

Tropical Kingbird

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tropical-kingbird

Yellow-crowned Euphonia

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yellow-crowned-euphonia

Yellow-headed Caracara

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yellow-headed-caracara

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