Pura Vida for the birds

In early March, Laurel and I spent an incredible week in Costa Rica. We went to several of the national parks with a guide and spotted a total of 127 bird species. 89 of them were life birds. Following is the complete list, divided into the various locations.

 

Costa Rica 2017 Birds

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

The italicized birds were life birds.

2/12—Metropolitan Parque La Sabana
Fulvous Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Anhinga
Muscovy Duck
Rock Pigeon
Black Vulture
Clay-colored Thrush
Great-tailed Grackle
House Sparrow
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Great Kiskadee

Turquoise-browed Motmot pair

Turquoise-browed Motmot pair

White-winged Dove

2/13—Carara National Park
Orange-billed Sparrow
Black-tailed Flycatcher
Dusky Antbird
Rufous Piha
Streak-headed Wood Creeper
Bay-headed Tanager
Turquoise-browed Motmot
White-winged Dove
Chestnut-backed Antbird
White-shouldered Tanager
Great Tinamou
Lesser Greenlet
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Plain Xenops

Scarlet Macaws

Scarlet Macaws

Golden-naped Woodpecker
Scarlet Macaw
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Black-hooded Antshrike
Inca Dove
Blue-grey Tanager
Rufous-naped Wren
White-whiskered Puffbird 

2/13—Tropical Mangrove Boat Tour

Costa Rica Swift
Green Heron
Gray-breasted Swift
Great Kiskadee
White Ibis
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
White-tailed Kite
Groove-billed Ani
Mealy Parakeet
Boat-billed Heron
Bare-throated Tiger Heron

Bare-throated Tiger Heron

Bare-throated Tiger Heron

Northern Jacana

Orange-fronted Parakeet
Yellow-headed Caracara
Tricolored Heron
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Redwing Blackbird
Black-necked Stilt

Neotropic Cormorant
Magnificent Frigatebird
Whimbrel
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Baltimore Oriole
Yellow-naped Parrot
Barn Swallow

Yellow-naped Parrot

Yellow-naped Parrot

Cattle Egret
Northern Waterthrush
Roseate Spoonbill
Mangrove Hummingbird
Tropical Pewee
Green Kingfisher

Common Toady Flycatcher
Mangrove Yellow Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Mangrove Black Hawk
Mangrove Swallow
Brown Pelican

2/14—Tropical Adventure
White Hawk
Yellow-throated Toucan
Silver-throated Tanager
Buff-rumped Warbler
Black-faced Grosbeak
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Rufous Mourner
Scarlet-rumped Cacique
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Black-and-red Grosbeak
Long-billed Hermit
Ruddy Ground Dove

Mealy Parakeet

2/14—Cope’s at La Union

Long-billed Hermit
Spectacled Owl
Northern Jacana
Violet-crowned Woodnymph

Northern Jacana

Northern Jacana

Pale-vented Pigeon
Clay-colored Thrush
White-necked Jacobin
White-tipped Sicklebill
Chestnut-headed Oropendola
Montezuma Oropendola
Scarlet-rumped Tanager
Keel-billed Toucan

2/15—Tortuga Island Cruise

Laughing Gull
Caspian Tern
Great Frigatebird
Magnificent Frigatebird

Brown Pelican
Peacock

Montezuma Oropendula

Montezuma Oropendula

Osprey

2/16—Downtown San Jose
Crimson-fronted Parakeet

2/17—Quetzal National Park
Black-capped Flycatcher
Talamanca Hummingbird
Slaty-backed Nightingale Thrush
Blue-and-white Swallow
Blue-and-yellow Silky Flycatcher
Peg-billed Finch
Black Vulture
Sooty-capped Chlorospingus
Black-billed Nightingale Thrush
Volcano Hummingbird
Grey-breasted Wood Wren
Collared Redstart

2/17—Tapanti National Park
Cattle Egret
Turkey Vulture

Keel-billed Toucan

Keel-billed Toucan

Rufous-collared Sparrow
Common Chlorospingus

Yellowish Flycatcher
Scaled Antpitta
Torrent Tyrannulet
Black Phoebe
Collared Trogon
Olivaceous Wood Creeper
Black Guan

2/18—Poas Volcano National Park
Violet Sabrewing
Fiery-throated Hummingbird
Magnificent Hummingbird
Baltimore Oriole
Black-cowled Oriole
Purple-throated Mountain Gem
Melodious Blackbird

Crested Guan

Crested Guan

2/18—La Paz Waterfall Park
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Spangled-cheek Tanager
Chestnut-capped Finch
Crested Guan
White-tipped Dove

A Crested Guan in the park’s aviary seemed to develop a crush on Laurel’s long-legged tripod. It jumped down and began to rub against the legs.

We also saw several fascinating animals
Long-nosed Bat
Honduran White Bat
Phantasma Bat
Tapir
Anteater
Three-toed Sloth
Crocodile

Honduran White Bats

Honduran White Bats

Cope, our guide on Tuesday, found these bats for us on the underside of a banana leaf. Curled up, they are just a little larger than a mothball.

 

 

 

 

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I couldn’t end this list without showing off at least one of Costa Rica’s 52 beautiful hummingbirds. This little one is a Violet-crowned Woodnymph.

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