Costa Rican Songbirds

Costa Rica is home to nearly 900 bird species, which is approximately the same as the entire United States even though this small country is only the size of West Virginia. Some of these birds are part-time migrants from northern winters, but most are year-around residents. This surprising number is due in part to the diverse climactic regions that vary from coastal rain forests to 12,000 foot mountains. Another factor is that a mountain range separates distinct populations of similar species that live exclusively on Pacific or Caribbean coasts.

I had the opportunity to see and photograph beautiful songbirds, in addition to large wading birds such as herons and egrets, hawks, toucans, scarlet macaws, and parrots. In this post I would like to share a few of the colorful songbirds.

Many of these birds were photographed from the upper deck at Lookout Inn, the first of our two lodges in Costa Rica. Trees in this area are naturally filled with fruit that attract birds, and the lodge staff set out bananas and papaya to bring in these fruit-loving birds for close viewing. Here is a female Cherrie’s Tanager.

This Blue-gray Tanager seems to be asking, “What are YOU lookin’ at?”

The gallery linked below contains more of my Costa Rican songbird photos. Several of these were captured while out hiking trails in the rain forest. The male and female Black-throated Trogan were photographed in Corcovado National Park, and the Red-capped Manakin was on the Titi trail at the Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge.

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