Costa Rica trip with Lifer Nature Tours - October, 2021


After being grounded by the Covid pandemic for about eighteen months, it was so nice to return to Costa Rica with some Indiana friends. The trip was once again organized and led by friend and Costa Rican guide Juan Diego Vargas. We concentrated on some more remote areas in the northern portion of the country, targeting some tough to find specialty birds. We saw or heard over 400 species of birds, including 21 raptors, 10 owls, 12 parrots, 6 motmots, 5 Kingfishers, 8 trogons, 15 wrens, and 27 hummingbirds! Once more, we enjoyed amazing scenery, beautiful lodges, and fascinating wildlife. Best of all, thanks to Juan Diego, we found an amazing list of rare birds.

Great Curassow

Gray-headed Chachalaca

Black-eared Wood-quail


Neotropic Cormorant


Bare-throated Tiger-heron

Agami Heron

Northern Jacana

Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture

King Vulture

Ornate Hawk-eagle

Laughing Falcon

Great Potoo

Mangrove Swallow

Violet Sabrewing

Green Hermit

Green-crowned Brilliant

Purple-crowned Fairy

Blue-chested Hummingbird

Blue-vented Hummingbird

Crowned Woodnymph

Stripe-tailed Hummingbird

Coppery-headed Emerald

Blue-throated Goldentail

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Cinnamon Hummingbird

Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer

Lesser Violetear

Purple-throated Mountain-gem

Green Thorntail

Black-crested Coquette


Violet-headed Hummingbird

Magenta-throated Woodstar

Olive-throated Parakeet

Orange-fronted Parakeet

Orange-chinned Parakeet

Squirrel Cuckoo

Black-headed Trogon

Elegant Trogon (female)

Slaty-tailed Trogon

Resplendent Quetzal

Lesson's Motmot

Broad-billed Motmot

Turquoise-browed Motmot

Tody Motmot

Amazon Kingfisher

Green-and-rufous Kingfisher

Rufous-tailed Jacamar

Emerald Toucanet

Collared Aracari

Keel-billed Toucan

Yellow-throated Toucan

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Hoffmann's Woodpecker

Golden-olive Woodpecker

Pale-billed Woodpecker

Wedge-billed Woodcreeper

Spotted Barbtail

Barred Antshrike

Yellowish Flycatcher

Common Tody-flycatcher

Long-tailed Tyrant

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Nutting's Flycatcher

Great Kiskadee

Cinnamon Becard

Red-capped Manakin

Bare-necked Umbrellabird

Slaty-backed Nightingale-thrush

Rufous-breasted Wren

Spot-breasted Wren

Rufous-and-white Wren

Gray-breasted Wood-wren

Rufous-browed Peppershrike

Gray-crowned Yellowthroat

Costa Rican Warbler

Scarlet-rumped Tanager

Blue-gray Tanager

Palm Tanager

Black and Yellow Tanager

Silver-throated Tanager (adult and juvenile)

Emerald Tanager

Rufous-winged Tanager

Green Honeycreeper

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Nicaraguan Seed-finch

Thick-billed Seed-finch

Yellow-faced Grassquit

Sooty-faced Finch

Stripe-headed Sparrow

Common Chlorospingus

Streak-backed Oriole

Black-cowled Oriole

Olive-backed Euphonia

Yellow-throated Euphonia

Yellow-crowned Euphonia

Costa Rica trip images

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