The Beautiful colors of the
Rainforest Birds

A lot of people try to collect rainforest birds because of their look.They are the most beautiful in the world and you can find them at some pet stores at very high prices. Also, their habitat is being deforested in many places due to city growth. The result of such actions is the danger of extinction that many species are facing today.

Their home is being taken away from them and they are given a cage for home! This is sad.Scarlet Macaw

But I have good news! Some countries are taking good care of their nature and have well protected conservation areas. They respect the lives of those wild animals. That's where they belong, their home is in the wild!

When you enter the dense tropical forests of Costa, Rica and Panama a wide range of colors can be seen flying through the trees, the ones that can only be seen at the zoo. This is an experience that you'll never forget.

Rainforest Birds range from small to large ones and from regular to exotic.  Costa Rica has recorded approximately 850 bird species that make bird watching a very pleasant activity. Some of these birds reside in the rainforest of Costa Rica and others fly in to get away from winter. 

Some of the birds face extinction due to deforestation like the Quetzal and the Scarlet Macaw; still commonly seen in protected reserves, but Costa Rica is doing a great job to preserve the lives of these species.

Even thou Costa Rica have many exotic birds the national bird is the Yiguirro. The Yiguirro is clay-colored Robin with brick-red eyes. Not a colorful-log tailed bird. The male sings during the breeding season (March-May). The campesino folklore believes he is “calling the rains”.

Boat billed HeronYou can appreciate the rainforest birds of Costa Rica at four major regions the Caribbean lowlands, the northern Pacific lowlands, the interior highlands and the southern Pacific lowlands.

In the northern Pacific lowlands, Guanacaste’s dry habitats, compared with other parts of the country, shares relatively few species, but the Tempisque Basin for its lagoons, swamps and estuaries offers the richest freshwater avifauna in all Central America with Palo Verde National Park located at the mount of Tempisque is a bird watcher’s Mecca.

Now, if you want to find the parrots, the jacamars and other neotropical species toAmazon Kingfisher the southern Pacific lowlands you need to go. Now the air in the rainforests is cool because is dense but the sound of the birds keep the rainforest alive.

To have a great experience watching the rainforest birds of Costa Rica or any other place, I recommend you not to just go in the rainforest alone (well, I guess you won’t do it if you don’t know it. You might get lost), the country is well set up with mountain lodges that specialize in bird- watching programs. They will guide you where you can see the birds. If you go to the very heart of the forest, you might be able to see…no birds, because of the disorganized patterns and the complexity of the area.

Rainforest Birds that you
will find in Costa Rica

Anhingas (pato aguja)
Cormorants (cormorán)Aracari
Aracaris (tucancillos)
    •    collared aracari
    •    fiery-billed aracari
Toucans (six toucan species in Costa Rica)
    •    keel-billed toucan (tucan pico iris)
    •    chestnut-mandibled toucan. (Ticos call it “Dios te dé”, “may God give you”, because of the sound it makes)
    •    emerald toucanet
    •    yellow-eared toucanet
Birds of Prey (50 raptor species)
    •    common black hawk (gavilán cangrejero, or "crab-hunting hawk")
    •    osprey (“aguila pescadora” - "fishing eagle")Quetzal
    •    laughing falcon (Ticos call it the “guaco” for the "wah-co" sound it makes)
    •    harpy eagle (águila arpía) It may already be locally extinct.
    •    crested caracara
    •    yellow-headed caracara
Hawks and Kites
    •    roadside hawk (gavilán chapulinero
    •    broad-winged hawk
    •    black-shouldered kite
    •    black-chested hawk
    •    white hawk (gavilán blanco
    •    double-toothed hawk
    •    American swallow-tailed kite
Owls (17 species)
    •    spectacled owl (buho de anteojos”)
Doves and Pigeons (“Palomas” at least 25 species)
    •    band-tailed pigeon
    •    red-billed pigeon
    •    ruddy pigeon
    •    ruddy ground-dove
Egrets, Herons, and Relatives (Some 25 found in Costa Rica)
    •    cattle egretBorwn Booby
    •    snowy egret
    •    great egret
    •    tiger herons (3 species “garza tigre”)
        1.    brown herons
        2.    bare-throated tiger heron
        3.    little blue heron
    •    green-backed heron
    •    yellow-crowned night heron
    •    boat-billed heron
    •    jabiru
    •    wood stork
    •    roseate spoonbill (espátula rosada)
    •     white ibis
    •    green ibis                                                                            Back to top
Hummingbirds (51 species)
    •    green-crowned brilliant
    •    purple-throated mountaingemYiguirro
    •    Buffon's plummeteer
    •    fiery-throated hummingbird
Motmots (6 species)
    •    blue-crowned motmot
    •    turquoise-bowed motmot
Parrots (16 of the world's 330 or so species )
    •    parakeets (6 species)
    •    macaws (2 species)
        1.    scarlet macaw (lapa roja)
        2.    buffon's macaw (lapa verde)
Seabirds and Shorebirds
    •    laughing gull (gaviota reidora)
    •    sanderling
    •    brown pelican (pelicano)Brown Pelican
    •    Boobies
    •    storm petrels
    •    jaegers the beautiful
    •    oystercatchers
    •    whimbrels
    •    sandpipers
    •    Frigate birds,
Tanagers and Other Passerines (50 species) tanagers
    •    summer tanager
    •    scarlet-rumped tanager
    •    blue-gray tanager
    •    silver-throated tanager
Passerines ("perching birds")
        1.    sparrows
        2.    robins
        3.    finches
        4.    antbirds (30 species)
        5.    blackbirds (20 species)
        6.    flycatchers (78 species)
        7.    warblers (52 species)
        8.    wrens (22 species)
        9.    blue-hooded euphonia
        10.    golden-bowed chlorophoniaKeel Billed Toucan
        11.    red-capped manakin.
Trogons (10 of the 40 species of trogons)
    •    orange-bellied trogon
    •    quetzal
    •    blue-winged teals
    •    shoveler ducks
    •    black-bellied whistling duck
    •    Muscovy ducks
    •    Gruiformes
        1.    Rails
        2.    Bitterns
        3.    purple gallinule
        4.    charcoal-gray, white-billed American coot and sunbittern
        5.     gray-necked wood rail (rascón)Fasciated Tiger Heron
        6.    yellow-beaked northern jacana
        7.    sungrebe
Vultures (“zopilotes” 4 species)
    •    turkey vulture
    •    black vulture
    •    lesser yellow-headed vulture
    •    king vulture
Other Notable Birds
    •    three-wattled bellbird
    •    Montezuma oropendolas
    •    chestnut-headed oropendola
    •    white-throated magpie jay
    •    curassow
    •    ringed kingfisher
    •    belted kingfisherScarlet Tanager
    •    Amazon kingfisher
    •    green kingfisher
    •    common pauraque (or cuyeo)
    •    great potoo (nictibio grande)
    •    common potoo
    •    woodpeckers (16 species)
    •    cuckoos
    •    swifts (any of 11 species)
    •    tinamou
    •    scarlet-thighed dacnis
    •    violaceous trogons
    •    tody motmots
    •    laneolated monlets
    •    lineated foliage-gleaners
    •    black-capped pygmy tyrants

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