A WEEK IN COSTA RICA


This is mostly a visual display of the 98 birds seen in a single week (Apr 4-12 2018) that we were on vacation in Costa Rica. The previous major holiday count (of the few times that I counted) was 92 in Peru; however, that was achieved in 5 locations at altitudes from sea level to 16,000 feet over a period of 3 weeks; in Costa Rica I exceeded that count at 2 locations in seven days.

The two locations (3 days at each) were:

Birding: General Notes

As a casual birder I didn't intend to start a list, but we had such an interesting morning on our first day (spotted the Keel-billed Toucan just sitting there watching us) walking with a guide in Arenal that I did write down the birds we had seen...added to it next day...the list began from that.

Most of these identifications were made by the guides; there were several that the guides spotted but I wasn't quick enough with the binoculars and didn't record.

The guides were all outstanding on this trip. In other countries, birding is usually second or third behind other interests, and some guides feel that a good guess is enough for most tourists. In Costa Rica, birds and birding are a priority interest for all the guides and they have to undergo specialized training to get the top jobs, including learning how to make calls for most of the birds. They were truly amazing at spotting and identifying them, and there were no occasions when I had any serious doubts about an identification.

There may be a few errors here but a much greater number of omissions.

A simple list doesn't do justice to the colors and shapes of birds so I 'borrowed' images from such sites as Costa Rica Birding Tours and occasionally from WikiPedia, suspecting that no more than a dozen people will see this page but just in case, please do not link this page to any site with commercial interests!

Particular notes

Neither the list nor the pictures seemed to reflect the adventure of our explorations, so perhaps these more detailed notes will infuse the account with the Indiana Jones spirit:

Kudos


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birds

 

Flycatchers,swallows,etc

Buff-throated Saltator

Buff-throated Saltator

Common Tody Flycatcher

Common Tody Flycatcher

Dark Peewee

Dark Peewee

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee

Ochre-bellied Flycatcher

Ochre-bellied Flycatcher

Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Piratic Flycatcher

Piratic Flycatcher

Purple Martin

Purple Martin

Ruby-breasted Becard

Ruby-breasted Becard

Slate-headed Tody Flycatcher

Slate-headed Tody Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher

Southern Rough-winged Swallow

Southern Rough-winged Swallow

Sulphur-breasted Flycatcher

Sulphur-breasted Flycatcher

Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher

Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird

White-collared Swift

White-collared Swift
  

Herons

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret
  

Hummingbirds

Band-tailed Barbthroat

Band-tailed Barbthroat

Black-crested Coquette

Black-crested Coquette

Blue-throated Goldentail

Blue-throated Goldentail

Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer

Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer

Charming Hummingbird

Charming Hummingbird

Garden Emerald

Garden Emerald

Green Hermit

Green Hermit

Green Violetear

Green Violetear

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Violet Sabrewing

Violet Sabrewing

Violet-crowned Woodnymph

Violet-crowned Woodnymph

White-necked Jacobin

White-necked Jacobin

Large:Toucan,Oropendula,Motmot

Black or Chestnut-billed Toucan

Black or Chestnut-billed Toucan

Broad-billed Motmot

Broad-billed Motmot

Collared Aracari

Collared Aracari

Gray-necked Woodrail

Gray-necked Woodrail

Keel-billed Toucan

Keel-billed Toucan

Monteczuma Oropendula

Monteczuma Oropendula

Squirrel Cuckoo

Squirrel Cuckoo

Turquoise-browed Motmot

Turquoise-browed Motmot

Misc small

Bandied-backed Wren

Bandied-backed Wren

Black-bellied Wren

Black-bellied Wren

Blue Dacsin

Blue Dacsin

Green Honeycreeper

Green Honeycreeper

Ochraceous Wren

Ochraceous Wren

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Riverside Wren

Riverside Wren

Rufous-naped Wren

Rufous-naped Wren

Shining Honeycreeper

Shining Honeycreeper
   

Other

Great-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle

Green Kingfisher

Green Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher
 

Parrots

Blue-headed Parrot

Blue-headed Parrot

Brown-hooded Parrot

Brown-hooded Parrot

Mealy Parrot

Mealy Parrot

Red-lored Parrot

Red-lored Parrot

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw
   

Raptors

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Crested Caracara

Crested Caracara

Frigate Bird

Frigate Bird

King Vulture

King Vulture

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

White Hawk

White Hawk
 

Seedeaters

Blue-black Grosbeak

Blue-black Grosbeak

Yellow-bellied Seedeater

Yellow-bellied Seedeater
  

Sparrows,tanagers,warblers

Bananaquit

Bananaquit

Black-striped Sparrow

Black-striped Sparrow

Blue-black Grassquit

Blue-black Grassquit

Blue-gray Tanager

Blue-gray Tanager

Cherrie's Tanager female

Cherrie's Tanager female

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Crimson-collared Tanager

Crimson-collared Tanager

Golden-hooded Tanager

Golden-hooded Tanager

Gray-headed Tanager

Gray-headed Tanager

Hooded Warbler

Hooded Warbler

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Passerini's Tanager

Passerini's Tanager

Red-capped Manakan

Red-capped Manakan

Rufous-collared Sparrow

Rufous-collared Sparrow

Silver-collared Tanager

Silver-collared Tanager

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-throated Euphonia

Yellow-throated Euphonia
  

Thrushes,antbirds etc

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Black-hooded Antshrike

Black-hooded Antshrike

Chestnut-backed Antbird

Chestnut-backed Antbird

Clay-colored Thrush

Clay-colored Thrush

Dot-winged Antwren

Dot-winged Antwren

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Red-breasted Blackbird

Red-breasted Blackbird

Swainson's Thrush

Swainson's Thrush

White-tipped Dove

White-tipped Dove
   

Woodpeckers

Cocoa Woodcreeper

Cocoa Woodcreeper

Red-rumped Woodpecker

Red-rumped Woodpecker

Rufous-winged Woodpecker

Rufous-winged Woodpecker

Streak-headed Woodcreeper

Streak-headed Woodcreeper
 

animals

 

Iguanas

Black Iguana

Black Iguana

Green Iguana

Green Iguana
  

Monkeys

Howler Monkey

Howler Monkey

Spider Monkey

Spider Monkey

Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel Monkey

White-faced Capuchin

White-faced Capuchin

Other

Agouti

Agouti

Coatimundi

Coatimundi
  

Sloths

Three-toed Sloth

Three-toed Sloth

Two-toed Sloth

Two-toed Sloth