If you like birdwatching and love to travel, I highly recommend planning a trip to Costa Rica. Costa Rica birds are some of the best you'll find anywhere in the world. On past trips, we've sought out Uganda birds (including the world-famous shoebill stork) and the birds of Patagonia so I don't give this high praise to the birds of Costa Rica lightly. Read on to learn more about the birds of Costa Rica and inspire your own birdwatching trip to Central America.
Looking for a definitive guide to read up on and get a sneak peek of the Birds of Costa Rica? Check out this one: Photo Guide to Birds of Costa Rica.
Where to See The Birds of Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is a country with extreme biodiversity so it makes perfect sense to add some birdwatching to your Costa Rica itinerary. While Costa Rica represents only 0.03% of the earth's surface, the country contains 6% of the world's biodiversity. There are over 900 species of birds that call Costa Rica home. Visit a variety of Costa Rica's climate zones and you'll find an astounding array of birds. What are some places I recommend for Costa Rica birds?
- Visit the area around La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano and keep an eye out for colorful song birds and toucans.
- Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest is home to the rare and resplendent quetzal, a top prize for many birders around the world. Hire a guide and explore Curi Cancha Reserve with Nature Tours CR
- Manuel Antonio National Park and the surrounding area along the coast is home to colorful and social scarlet macaws. If you stay at the GAIA Hotel and Reserve like we did, you can take a guided hike through the nature reserve on the property which hosts a reintroduction program for scarlet macaws.
|Quetzal captured by Paradise Catchers on a trip to San Gerardo de Dota|