8 Amazing Birds You Can See in Costa Rica

Yes, you can see quetzals here!

1. Hummingbirds

There are over 50 hummingbird species in Costa Rica. It is possible to spot hummingbirds buzzing around all over the country.

2. Parrots and Maccaw

Parrots, and macaws can easily be recognized by their vibrant colors, large size, and distinct face. Head to see the Jaco area to see a TON of them.

3. Toucans

There are six types of toucans you may be lucky enough to spot while in Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio is a great place to see them.

4. Resplendent Quetzal

You can spot quetzals in cloud forest areas such as Monteverde and San Gerardo de Dota.

5. Trogons

Costa Rica is home to ten species of trogons. Besides the quetzal, the two most notable species varieties are the Collared Trogon and the Lattice Tail Trogon.

6. Tanager

There are over 50 species of tanagers in Costa Rica. It is often possible to spot them in every area of the country if you are lucky.

7. Great Tinamou

There are believed to be five varieties of Great Tinamou in Costa Rica. They can be seen all over the country. You will usually find them on the ground rather than in the air.

8. Motmots

These birds can be seen throughout the country, however they can be difficult spot.  Typically the easiest to see are the Turquoise- browed Motmot.

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