With such vast expanses of land dedicated to national parks, Costa Rica protects at least 800 species of birds with in its marshes, tropical rainforests, and mountain ranges. Some species are as elusive as jaguars, and others are as common as house cats – but each and every one of them is downright beautiful in its own unique way. From falcons to frigate birds, feathered friends unarguably add a colorful element throughout this lush nation.
Costa Rica’s bird biodiversity is mind boggling for bird watching enthusiasts. You can look for black hawks, ospreys and harpy eagles in the Caribbean, or jacamars and long-tailed manakins on the Northern Pacific coast. Chestnut mandible and keel billed toucans, tiger herons and motmots abound in the Osa Peninsula, while threatened and endangered birds dwell throughout the entire country – species include the great curassow, the scarlet macaw and the resplendent quetzal.
Quetzal photo courtesy of Pablo Elizondo, INBio.