Costa Rica Trip List

Bird Name
Location Seen
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
2 flocks, totaling around 25-35 from Tarcoles River Bridge
Gray-headed Chachalaca
6 from a restaurant near Lake Arenal, 2 more at Arco Iris
Black Guan
3-4 in Monteverde Cloud Forest
Crested Guan
1 from the road between La Fortuna and Monteverde
Brown Booby
20+ at colony off Manuel Antonio, 10 more from jetskis, also off Manuel Antonio
Brown Pelican
Very Common on the Pacific Coast
Neotropic Cormerant
One from the Hotel Carara in Tarcoles
One in Carara, at the lagoon
Magnificent Frigatebird
Very Common on the Pacific Coast
Wood Stork
One flying over Tarcoles River Bridge
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Juvenile from Tarcoles River Bridge, Adult at the Lagoon in Carara
Little Blue Heron
A couple from Tarcoles River Bridge
Great Egret
Pretty Common, mostly on the Pacific Coast
Great Blue Heron
2 in La Fortuna, a few more in Tarcoles
Cattle Egret
Very Common wherever there were cows- Almost Everywhere
Snowy Egret
2 from Tarcoles River Bridge
Green Heron
A few in La Fortuna, more on Pacific Coast
Tricolored Heron
2 from Tarcoles River Bridge, One near Jaco
Black-crowned Night-Heron
1 from Tarcoles River Bridge
Boat-billed Heron
10+ at or near colony at the Lagoon in Carara
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
2 from Tarcoles River Bridge
White Ibis
8 around Manuel Antonio and Costa Verde
Black Vulture
Abundant Everywhere
Turkey Vulture
Abundant Everywhere
2 near Jaco
Double-toothed Kite
One in Manuel Antonio
White-tailed Kite
One from Balcony in Hotel Bouganvillea
Roadside Hawk
One in Manuel Antonio
Mangrove Black-Hawk
One from Balcony in Costa Verde
Crested Caracara
One while driving to Monteverde, 3 More on Pacific Coast
Yellow-headed Caracara
4-5 on Pacific Coast
Gray-necked Wood-Rail
One near Manuel Antonio
Northern Jacana
Three from Tarcoles River Bridge
Collared Plover
An adult and 2 chicks from Tarcoles River Bridge
Black-necked Stilt
2 from Tarcoles River Bridge
One at the Playa Manuel Antonio
Spotted Sandpiper
Common at La Fortuna and Pacific Coast
Least Sandpiper
3 from Tarcoles River Bridge
Laughing Gull
Common Along Pacific Coast
Royal Tern
One at the Playa Manuel Antonio
Rock Pigeon
Common in San Jose and other Cities
Red-billed Pigeon
Common in San Jose and possibly elsewhere
White-winged Dove
Very common in Tarcoles
Inca Dove
Most common at Hotel Bouganvillea, Pretty Common on Pacific Coast
Ruddy Ground-Dove
2 in La Fortuna, Fairly Common in Tarcoles
Gray-chested Dove
At least One, in La Fortuna
White-tipped Dove
Common in Tarcoles and Manuel Antonio
Crimson-fronted Parakeet
A few flyover flocks at Hotel Bouganvillea, ~10 Perched in San Jose
Scarlet Macaw
1 at dusk at Tarcoles River Bridge, at least 4 at Dawn. One on nest in Carara, Two feeding at Hotel Carara
Red-Lored Parrot
2 perched at Silencio Reserve near Arenal
Smooth-billed Ani
4 at Costa Verde
Groove-billed Ani
Common in and near Tarcoles, also 1 at Hotel Bouganvillea
Black-and-White Owl
1 at the stakeout spot in Orotina Town Park
Lesser Nighthawk
20+ at Tarcoles River Bridge, 1 at Costa Verde
Common Potoo
One in Manuel Antonio
White-collared Swift
Common at Costa Verde and Hotel Bouganvillea, Possibly Elsewhere
Costa Rican Swift
Common at Costa Verde
Green Hermit
One at Hummingbird feeder en route to Arenal, Two at Hummingbird Gallery in Monteverde
Long-billed Hermit
At least 3 lekking at the Hot Springs in La Fortuna
Violet Sabrewing
Lots at Hummingbird Gallery, A few more scattered in Monteverde Area
Green-crowned Brilliant
Common at various hummingbird feeders, especially the Hummingbird Gallery
White-necked Jacobin
2-3 at the Lucky Bug Hummingbird Feeders
Canivet's Emerald
4 at the Hotel Bouganvillea (1 female)
Violet-crowned Woodnymph
Common at the hummingbird feeders en route to Arenal
Cinnamon Hummingbird
One at the Cerro Lodge in Tarcoles
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
The most common hummingbird pretty much everywhere
Green Violet-ear
Common at the Hummingbird Gallery and in Monteverde
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird
Fairly Common at the Hummingbird Gallery and in Monteverde
Coppery-headed Emerald
At the Hummingbird Gallery and the Hummingbird feeders en route to Arenal
Long-billed Starthroat
One at Costa Verde
Purple-throated Mountain-Gem
Common at the Hummingbird Gallery and in Monteverde
Magenta-throated Woodstar
Fairly Common at the Hummingbird Gallery
Violaceous Trogon
Three in Carara, one on a nest
Resplendent Quetzal
2 in Monteverde making a nest hole
Blue-crowned Motmot
1-3 at Hotel Bouganvillea, 1 at Arco Iris
Rufous Motmot
2 at Eco Thermales Hot Springs in La Fortuna
Turquoise-browed Motmot
1 near Orotina, 1 at Cerro Lodge
Ringed Kingfisher
One at Montanas del Fuego in La Fortuna
Green Kingfisher
One in Manuel Antonio
Emerald Toucanet
Two at the Chlorophonia stakeout near Monteverde
Chestnut-mandibled Toucan
One at Silencio Reserve, Two at Montanas del Fuego, One in Carara, and Two at Costa Verde
Keel-billed Toucan
One at Silencio Reserve, One at Montanas del Fuego
Collared Aracari
Four at Montanas del Fuego, 4-6 near Toad Hall
Fiery-billed Aracari
One at Manuel Antonio
Black-cheeked Woodpecker
One at Montanas del Fuego Hotel, A pair at the Lucky Bug
Hoffmann's Woodpecker
A few at Hotel Bouganvillea, also on the drive from Monteverde to Carara
Red-crowned Woodpecker
3-4 around Manuel Antonio and Costa Verde
Smoky-brown Woodpecker
One in Monteverde
Red-faced Spinetail
One in Monteverde
Ruddy Treerunner
One in Monteverde
Streak-headed Woodcreeper
Two in Carara
Spotted Woodcreeper
One vocalizing unusually in Monteverde
Black-hooded Antshrike
One in Carara, 3 at Manuel Antonio, One at Costa Verde
Chestnut-backed Antbird
A quartet at Manuel Antonio
Plain Antvireo
One in Monteverde
Dot-winged Antwren
4-5 in Carara
Paltry Tyrannulet
One at Arco Iris
Common Tody-Flycatcher
Two in Carara
Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher
One in Carara
Scale-creasted Pygmy-Tyrant
One in Monteverde
Northern Bentbill
One in Carara
Royal Flycatcher
Three in Carara
Yellowish Flycatcher
3 or 4 in Monteverde
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
One at the Chlorophonia spot, One in Carara
Boat-billed Flycatcher
One from the balcony at Hotel Bouganvillea
Great Kiskadee
Very Common Everywhere
Golden-bellied Flycatcher
Three in Monteverde
Social Flycatcher
One at Costa Verde
Tropical Kingbird
Common Everywhere
Rose-throated Becard
One in Carara
Masked Tityra
Two at Arco Iris
Philidelphia Vireo
Fairly common at a couple places, especially Hotel Bouganvillea and Manuel Antonio Area
Lesser Greenlet
One at the Chlorophonia spot
White-throated Magpie-Jay
Two on the drive from Monteverde to Carara
Brown Jay
Common at Arco Iris and Hotel Bouganvillea, one at Manuel Antonio
Blue-and-White Swallow
Very common at Hotel Bouganvillea and in Monteverde area
Mangrove Swallow
~6 from Tarcoles River Bridge, another ~6-8 in Quepos
Gray-breasted Martin
Fairly Common at Arco Iris, also common in Quepos
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Common in La Fortuna area, especially at Silencio Reserve
Barn Swallow
Common everywhere, Huge numbers from Tarcoles River Bridge (100+)
Tropical Gnatcatcher
Two at Costa Verde
Rufous-naped Wren
One at Hotel Bouganvillea, 5 or 6 in Carara
Riverside Wren
One in Manuel Antonio
Rufous-and-White Wren
Two at Arco Iris
Plain Wren
2-3 in Monteverde Area
Ochraceous Wren
Two in Monteverde
House Wren
Fairly Common in a few spots, Quite Common at Hotel Bouganvillea
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren
Common and very vocal in Monteverde
Wood Thrush
One at the Hot Springs, another at Arco Iris
Black-faced Solitare
Fairly Common- 4 or 5 seen, and very vocal in Monteverde
Clay-colored Robin
Abundant Everywhere
Mountain Robin
6-10 in Monteverde
Tennesse Warbler
Common everywhere
Yellow Warbler
Fairly Common Everywhere- One or Two "Mangrove Warbler" females near Carara
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Common Everywhere
Black-and-White Warbler
One in Monteverde
Prothonatary Warbler
One in Carara, at the lagoon
Northern Waterthrush
One at Montanas Del Fuego
Wilson's Warbler
1-2 at Arco Iris
Collared Restart
One in Monteverde
Slate-throated Redstart
Fairly Common (6-10) in Monteverde
Rufous-capped Warbler
3-5 at Hotel Bouganvillea
Three-striped Warber
~12 in Monteverde
Golden-crowned Warbler
1 in Monteverde
Some in La Fortuna, Common in Monteverde and Manuel Antonio
Common Bush-Tanager
Very Common in Monteverde
White-shouldered Tanager
One in Carara
Summer Tanager
Common at La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, and Hotel Bouganvillea
Passerini's Tanager
4-5 at Montanas del Fuego
Cherrie's Tanager
~12 (common) at Costa Verde
Golden-hooded Tanager
~5 at Costa Verde
Silver-throated Tanager
One in Monteverde
Blue-Gray Tanager
Common Everywhere
Palm Tanager
Fairly Common Everywhere
Green Honeycreeper
A female at Montanas del Fuego
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Two males en route to Monteverde, A pair in Carara, and common a Costa Verde
Variable Seedeater
Two Caribbean birds at Montanas del Fuego, and one (also Caribbean) at Silencio Reserve
White-collared Seedeater
One at Montanas del Fuego, Two more at Silencio Reserve
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Two at Silencio Reserve, Common in Monteverde Area
Blue-black Grassquit
A male and female at a supermarket parking lot near Jaco
White-eared Ground Sparrow
Three at Hotel Bouganvillea, Three at Arco Iris
Orange-billed Sparrow
One at the Hot Springs
Black-striped Sparrow
Two at Montanas del Fuego
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Very Common in San Jose/Hotel Bouganvillea, Common in Monteverde area
House Sparrow
A pair on the sidewalk in Orotina
Grayish Saltator
Very common at Hotel Bouganvillea
Buff-throated Saltator
3-4 at Montanas Del Fuego, 1-2 in Carara
Red-winged Blackbird
~12 at Tarcoles River Bridge
Great-tailed Grackle
Abundant Everywhere
Black-cowled Oriole
One at Montanas Del Fuego
Baltimore Oriole
Fairly common everywhere, Common at Hotel Bouganvillea and Costa Verde
Montezuma Oropendola
Very Common in Silencio Reserve, 4-5 Fly-by birds at Tarcoles River Bridge
Golden-browed Chlorophonia
15-20 at the aptly named "Chlorophonia Spot," Two great looks at Arco Iris
Yellow-throated Euphonia
A pair at the Lucky Bug, One at Arco Iris
Yellow-crowned Euphonia
3-4 at Costa Verde
Spot-crowned Euphonia
One at Costa Verde

Heard Only:

Mottled Owl
Monteverde Night Walk
Prong-billed Barbet
Silvery Fronted Tapaculo