In Costa Rica, avid birdwatchers have spotted an incredible 850 bird species – that’s 10% 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. This plentiful variety is what makes Costa Rica one of the best birdwatching destinations.
Let's review some of the most famous and common species of birds found in Costa Rica.