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Avid birdwatchers have spotted an incredible 850 bird species – that’s 10 percent of the world’s total avian population! To put that in perspective, Costa Rica is home to twice as many bird species as the U.S. and Canada combined – that’s double the species in a country 389 times smaller. It all adds up to spectacular birdwatching opportunities, with prized spottings of resplendent quetzals, scarlet macaws, keel-billed toucans, bare-necked umbrella birds, and about 50 species of hummingbirds.

  • Toucans


    In Costa Rica we have six species of toucan, and they can be found in all the habitats, the Emerald Toucan and the Yellow-eared in the Cloud forest, the two Aracaries (fiery-billed and collared), the Black mandible and the...

  • Macaws


    Brilliantly colored and impossible to miss while in flight, both the Scarlet and Great Green Macaws can be seen in parts of Costa Rica.

  • Hummingbirds


    There are 2 species of hummingbirds that are ONLY found in Costa Rica; the Mangrove Hummingbird, and the Coppery-headed Emerald.

  • Parrots & Parakeets

    Parrots & Parakeets

    Parrots and parakeets are widely distributed throughout Costa Rica. The Scarlet Macaw is found from the Central Pacific south to the Osa Peninsula. There are several rescue organizations that are breeding in Guanacaste as well, with...

  • Motmots


    If there is a family of birds that are representative of Central America it is the Motmots. This vibrant, beautiful bird originated here in Central America and radiated south. There are 9 different species of Motmots, in Central and...

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