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Costa Rica’s 6 Most Beautiful Birds to Watch


Costa Rica is a country filled with a stunning array of wildlife. The country has some of the most conducive climatic conditions throughout its regions which have been the main cause that attracts all these beautiful creatures. This article aims to share with you some of the most beautiful birds to watch out for in Costa Rica.

1. Hummingbirds

These are very commonly seen birds in Costa Rica. They are widely spread across the country, and all you have to do is look out for any that come your way. You only need to know the right plants and flowers to look out for, and voila, you will have a hummingbird in sight. There are over 50 different species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica alone, which range in vibrant colors. Some of the hummingbird species to watch out for include long-billed hermit, coquette, fiery-throated hummingbird, copper-headed emerald, band-tailed barbthroat, and the black-crested hummingbirds. You can spot up to 20 different species in Vara Blanca alone.

2. Trogons

The name “trogon” is more attached to how these species of birds know their nests from the rotted plant wood. They are known to be most vocal during the spring and summer seasons, and you will find up to 10 different species in Costa Rica. Some of the Trogon bird species include the black-headed Trogon, the orange-bellied Trogon, the gartered Trogon, and the Slaty-tailed Trogon. You can view these bird species in Cerro de la Muerte.

3. White-Throated Magpie Jay

These are not the kind of birds to get shy. They usually travel in large groups and are loud. They are large birds and are mostly spotted on the Nicoya Peninsula. This species of birds are long-tailed and have great looks with the feathers on their heads looking to be slightly curved. The white-throated Magpie Jay don’t migrate and reside in forest areas and around various plantations throughout Costa Rica.

4. Scarlet Macaw

These are easily among the most vibrant birds you will notice in Costa Rica as well as the planet. They have bright red, yellow, green, and blue feathers that make them very attractive to see. These birds can grow up to 33 inches in length from their heads to the tips of their tails. You will find these birds in the Palo Verde National Park, Carara National Park, and Corcovado National Park.

5. Keel-billed Toucan

These are also easily recognizable birds by its long and colorful beaks and are sometimes even referred to as rainbow-billed toucans due to the progressive colored patterns on their beaks. They mainly eat berries and are found in places like Tortuguero National Park. They make sounds like that of crickets which you can listen to when trying to spot them.

6. Resplendent Quetzal

This bird species easily ranks among the most beautiful birds in Costa Rica with bright green backs, deep red bellies, and prominent feathers. They have small bodies with very long tails. Their population worldwide is not too large and can be found in places like Chirripo National Park, Poas Volcano National Park, and the Braulio Carrilo National Park.

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