The small nation of Costa Rica has geared itself heavily towards avitourism and has developed a superb infrastructure to service the numerous visiting birders, and with over 850 species it is easy to understand why! The backbone of the country is formed by a scenic mountain range, and here the cloud forests are home to exotic species including the unbelievable Snowcap, Resplendent Quetzal, Cabanis’s Ground Sparrow, Buff-fronted and Chiriqui Quail-Dove, Great Green Macaw, Snowy Cotinga, Black-crested Coquette, Black Guan and Golden-browed Chlorophonia. Our tour is also perfectly timed to coincide with migration at Kekoldi, considered one the best raptor migration observing points on Earth. With daily totals ranging as high as 100,000 Swainson’s Hawks, 80,000 Broad-winged Hawks, 20,000 Mississippi Kites and tens of thousands of other species mixed in – our time here will surely be one of the tour highlights! A wide variety of habitats that include the Caribbean highlands down to the humid coastal plain will be explored on our tour, and we can look forward to many striking species of trogons, toucans, motmots, hummingbirds and plenty of migrant warblers, among many other spectacular birds. Thrilling birding, quality lodges and a relaxed pace make this destination perfect for anyone who has yet to experience the exciting avifauna of Central America!
Snowcap, Resplendent Quetzal, Cabanis’s Ground Sparrow, Buff-fronted, Chiriqui & Purplish-backed Quail-Dove, Great Green Macaw, Snowy & Lovely Cotinga, Black Guan, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Hoffman’s & Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Lesson’s Motmot, Black Guan, Prong-billed Barbet, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Black-billed, Slaty-backed & Ruddy-capped Nightingale Thrush. Sooty & Mountain Thrush, Black-and-yellow Phainoptila, Flame-throated & Black-cheeked Warbler, Large-footed & Yellow-thighed Finch, Wrenthrush, Black-breasted Wood Quail, Scaled & Thicket Antpitta, Golden-crowned & Costa Rican Warbler, Bare-shanked Screech Owl, White-throated & Uniform Crake, Bat Falcon, Keel-billed & Yellow-throated Toucan, Emerald, Black-and-yellow & Blue-and-gold Tanager, Spotted, Bare-crowned & Ocellated Antbird, White-throated Shrike-Tanager, Black-crowned Gnatpitta, Gartered, Slaty-tailed & Black-throated Trogon, White-collared, White-crowned, White-ruffed & Red-capped Manakin, Montezuma Oropendola
For Hummingbirds fanatics:
Snowcap, Admirable, Fiery-throated, Volcano, Scintillant, Black-bellied, Scaly-breasted, Steely-vented & Blue-chested Hummingbird, Purple-throated & White-bellied Mountaingem, Magenta-throated Woodstar, Violet Sabrewing, Green Thorntail, Coppery-headed Emerald, White-necked Jacobin, Green-breasted Mango, Black-crested Coquette, Violet-crowned Woodnymph, Green Hermit, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Green-crowned Brilliant.
Central American Agouti, Central American Spider Monkey, Black-and-gold Howler Monkey
Caribbean highlands, humid coastal plain, cloud forest,
mostly tropical conditions; warm to humid with cooler conditions in mountainous areas
mostly relaxed with some longer walks
Kekoldi raptor migration, considered one the best raptor migration observation points on Earth