The birds of Costa Rica

Lesser Violetear

Wendy and I first visited Costa Rica in 2019 on Indiana Audubon trips in February and then again in October of that year. After a delay forced by Covid, we returned in October of 2021. A forth visit took place in February of 2022. Three of these trips were led by Juan Diego Vargas of Lifer Nature Tours and one by Herman Venegas Paniagua - both terrific guides! In addition to the amazing birds, we thoroughly enjoyed the lodges, scenery, and friendly people of Costa Rica. The following photos are an accumulation of all four trips.

Great Tinamou

Great Curassow

Gray-headed Chachalaca

Black Guan

Crested Guan

Black-eared Wood-quail

Spotted Wood-quail



Bare-throated Tiger-heron (adult)

Bare-throated Tiger-heron (immature)

Fasciated Tiger-heron

Agami Heron

Boat-billed Heron

Green Ibis

Double-striped Thick-knee

Southern Lapwing

Collared Plover

Northern Jacana (adult)

Northern Jacana (juvenile)

Uniform Crake

White-throated Crake

Yellow-breasted Crake

Russet-naped Wood-rail

Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture

King Vulture

Gray-headed Kite

Black-collared Hawk (immature)

Plumbeous Kite

Tiny Hawk

Barred Hawk

White Hawk

Semiplumbeous Hawk

Double-toothed Kite

Common Black-hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Ornate Hawk-eagle

Yellow-headed Caracara (adult)

Yellow-headed Caracara (immature)

Laughing Falcon

Collared Forest-falcon

Striped Owl

Crested Owl

Spectacled Owl

Mottled Owl

Pacific Screech-owl

Middle American Screech-owl

Ferruginous Pygmy-owl

Great Potoo

Common Potoo

Mangrove Swallow

Blue-and- white Swallow

Southern Rough-winged Swallow

Violet Sabrewing

Band-tailed Barbthroat

Green Hermit

Long-billed Hermit

Stripe-throated Hermit

Green-crowned Brilliant

Talamanca Hummingbird (male)

Talamanca Hummingbird (female)

Fiery-throated Hummingbird

Purple-crowned Fairy

Blue-chested Hummingbird

White-necked Jacobin (male)

White-necked Jacobin (female)

Blue-vented Hummingbird

Crowned Woodnymph (male)

Crowned Woodnymph (female)

Snowy-bellied Hummingbird

Stripe-tailed Hummingbird

White-tailed Emerald

Coppery-headed Emerald

Blue-throated Goldentail

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Cinnamon Hummingbird

Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer

Green-breasted Mango

Brown Violetear

Lesser Violetear

White-throated Mountain-gem

Purple-throated Mountain-gem

Green Thorntail (male)

Green Thorntail (female)

Black-crested Coquette


Violet-headed Hummingbird

Magenta-throated Woodstar

Scintillant Hummingbird

Volcano Hummingbird

Scaled Pigeon

Short-billed Pigeon

Red-billed Pigeon

Ruddy Ground-dove

Olive-throated Parakeet

Orange-fronted Parakeet

Orange-chinned Parakeet

Scarlet Macaw

Yellow-naped Parrot

Red-lored Parrot

Squirrel Cuckoo

Lesser Ground-cuckoo

Black-headed Trogon

Gartered Trogon

Baird's Trogon

Collared Trogon

Slaty-tailed Trogon

Resplendent Quetzal

Lesson's Motmot

Broad-billed Motmot

Keel-billed Motmot

Rufous Motmot

Turquoise-browed Motmot

Tody Motmot

Amazon Kingfisher

American Pygmy Kingfisher

Green-and-rufous Kingfisher

White-fronted Nunbird

Pied Puffbird

White-whiskered Puffbird

Rufous-tailed Jacamar

Red-headed Barbet (male)

Red-headed Barbet (female)

Prong-billed Barbet

Emerald Toucanet

Collared Aracari

Fiery-billed Aracari

Keel-billed Toucan

Yellow-throated Toucan

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Hoffmann's Woodpecker

Red-crowned Woodpecker

Golden-olive Woodpecker

Pale-billed Woodpecker

Chestnut-colored Woodpecker

Wedge-billed Woodcreeper

Plain-brown Woodcreeper

Tawny-winged Woodcreeper

Cocoa Woodcreeper

Spotted Woodcreeper

Streak-headed Woodcreeper

Spot-crowned Woodcreeper

Spotted Barbtail

Ruddy Treerunner

Fasciated Antshrike (female)

Barred Antshrike

Black-hooded Antshrike

Black-crowned Antshrike

Zeledon's Antbird

Chestnut-backed Antbird

Bicolored Antbird

Ocellated Antbird

Dull-mantled Antbird

Spotted Antbird

Plain Antvireo

Streak-chested Antpitta

Yellow Tyrannulet

Mistletoe Tyrannulet

Yellow-bellied Elaenia

Mountain Elaenia

Piratic Flycatcher

Common Tody-flycatcher

Northern Bentbill

Tawny-chested Flycatcher

Rufous Mourner

Long-tailed Tyrant

Torrent Tyrannulet

Royal Flycatcher

Dark Pewee

White-throated Flycatcher

Yellowish Flycatcher

Tufted Flycatcher

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Nutting's Flycatcher

Boat-billed Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher

White-ringed Flycatcher

Gray-capped Flycatcher

Streaked Flycatcher

Black-crowned Tityra

Masked Tityra

White-winged Becard

Cinnamon Becard

Long-tailed Manakin

White-collared Manakin

Orange-collared Manakin (female)

Blue-crowned Manakin

Red-capped Manakin

Lovely Cotinga

Yellow-billed Cotinga

Snowy Cotinga

Three-wattled Bellbird (immature)

Bare-necked Umbrellabird

White-throated Magpie-jay

Brown Jay

Black-billed Nightngale-thrush

Slaty-backed Nightngale-thrush

Black-headed Nightngale-thrush

Black-faced Solitaire

Mountain Thrush

Clay-colored Thrush

White-throated Thrush

Tropical Mockingbird

Blac-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher

Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher

Rufous-naped Wren

Rufous-breasted Wren

Spot-breasted Wren

Bay Wren

Rufous-and-white Wren

Canebrake Wren

Ochraceous Wren

Timberline Wren

White-breasted Wood-wren

Gray-breasted Wood-wren

Rufous-browed Peppershrike

Buff-rumped Warbler

"Mangrove" Yellow Warbler

Gray-crowned Yellowthroat

Olive-crowned Yellowthroat

Flame-throated Warbler

Tropical Parula

Slate-throated Redstart

Collared Redstart

Rufous-capped Warbler

Golden-crowned Warbler

Black-cheeked Warbler

Costa Rican Warbler

White-lined Tanager

Scarlet-rumped Tanager (male)

Scarlet-rumped Tanager (female)

Crimson-collared Tanager

Blue-gray Tanager

Yellow-winged Tanager

Palm Tanager

Plain-colored Tanager

Black and Yellow Tanager

Silver-throated Tanager

Emerald Tanager

Speckled Tanager

Golden-hooded Tanager

Spangle-cheeked Tanager

Rufous-winged Tanager

Bay-headed Tanager

Green Honeycreeper

Scarlet-thighed Dacnis

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Slaty Flowerpiercer

Nicaraguan Seed-finch

Thick-billed Seed-finch

Yellow-faced Grassquit

Grayish Saltator

Buff-throated Saltator

Black-headed Saltator

Yellow-thighed Brushfinch

Sooty-faced Finch

Orange-billed Sparrow

Black-striped Sparrow

White-eared Ground-sparrow

Stripe-headed Sparrow

Common Chlorospingus

Sooty-capped Chlorospingus

Rufous-collared Sparrow

Volcano Junco

Red-throated Ant-tanager

Flame-colored Tanager

Melodius Blackbird

Nicaraguan Grackle

Spot-breasted Oriole

Streak-backed Oriole

Black-cowled Oriole

Montezuma Oropendola

Golden-browed Chlorophonia

Olive-backed Euphonia

Tawny-capped Euphonia

Elegant Euphonia

Yellow-throated Euphonia

Yellow-crowned Euphonia

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