Costa Rica Birds...
Feathers of the Tropics


Costa Rica birds...

Amidst the coasts, mountains and rainforests of this gorgeous country - there are well over 800 different species, stretching a little over 50,000 square kilometers.

Amazingly diverse - both in life and land - 12 significantly different environments exist - mangroves, rocky rivers and high & lowland forests to name a few... those of which the many birds here - flourish.

Simply put...

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A Toucan, Quetzal, Pair of Scarlet Macaws - and a Blue-Crowned Motmot

...It's a birder's paradise.

And yes - bird watching, or "birding" - as it's known... is quite the popular activity here in Costa Rica.

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A Tiny Wonder...

From all over the world - people *flock* to catch a single glimpse...

The rare resplendent quetzal - found in the cloud forests of Monte Verde...

Vibrant Scarlet Macaws - gliding across the canopy of the Corcovado National Park...

And a personal favorite...

The blue-crowned motmot, unique as it is colorful.

Well here in this area of the site then - explore! enjoy! and learn! - about the many different species of Costa Rica birds.

To find out more about a particular species - click on any of the following links. And - if you've got a photo and some information on a bird not included here yet...

Please add it to our list of Costa Rica birds! :-)


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Blue-Crowned Motmot

Momotus momota - or as this one in particular is more commonly known - the Blue-Crowned Motmot - is a very unique species. A first-time encounter spotting one, was in the jungle at the Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve on the Nicoya Peninsula...

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A Perched, Blue-Crowned Motmot

These birds - aside from their vibrant blue "crowns", coupled with a black "eye mask" - are especially unique, in that their tail feathers have two bare-shafted areas.

And at the very ends - they take on the shape of two rackets - pretty neat!

Oh - and something else that's interesting... the Blue-Crowned Motmot has a call that sounds similar to that of an owl.




Hummingbirds

Amazing creatures in a number of different ways - hummingbirds (of the family trochilidae)... are the smallest feathered species on the planet.

And did you know?...

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Feeding Hummingbird

Extremely high metabolism -- some species can flap their wings almost 100 times every second!

And also...

Using up so much energy, their hearts beat like crazy... over 1000 times every minute!

Just Amazing.

*Hum*mingbirds of course - get their names from the distinct humming sound, emitted from their wings during flight.

Able to fly at of more than 50 kilometers in one hour, it's no wonder they spend more than two thirds of each day resting, and digesting their favorite foods...

Nectar and insects.

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Sighting Hummingbirds Near Feeders

Found throughout the Rich Coast, there's one spot I remember quite well - a place to spot lots of these little birds.

About an hour's drive north of Sarchi, many can be spotted feeding - at the entrance to the Catarata del Toro Waterfalls...

One of many spectacular Costa Rican sites!




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