Birding Tours in Costa Rica


Costa Rica has become a favorite destination for birdwatchers and general naturalists. See my vidéos.
This small democracy of Central America with a land surface approximately twice the size of Wales, one fifteenth the size of Texas, supports more than 870 bird species (of which around 600 are permanent residents) and attracts birders from throughout the world, both those knowledgeable about neotropical species, as well as those who simply wish to observe exotic species in their natural habitat during their bird watching holidays.

  • more than 870 bird species
  • 6 endemics
  • 64 endemics shared with Panama
  • 16  of the 21 endemic species of Central America

This large diversity is produced by Costa Rica’s distinct geography, which offers an impressive variety of habitats. This geography is dominated by the presence of two coasts (Pacific and Atlantic) and by mountain chains that cover more than half of the country’s surface, with elevations reaching up 3820 m. Located in the Central American Isthmus, this country contains both the Northern and Southern distribution limits of South and North American species respectively, as well as being a haven and passageway for migrants.

Birding vacations in Costa Rica are easy and fruitful for a number of reasons:

  • Small size of the country
  • Political stability
  • Impressive number of species
  • Good infrastructure

15 days bird watching tour (The Essential)

19 days bird watching tour ( Best of Costa Rica)

23 days bird watching tour ( Grand Costa Rica)



Customized bird watching tours can be planned for groups or individuals.

 [ Please contact us for detailed itinerary]

Day birding trips available



Visited areas and sites (see map)


Braulio Carrillo National Park: Caribbean foothills rain forest, 800m.
Black-and -yellow Tanager, Blue-and -Gold Tanager, White-ruffed Manakin, Tawny-capped Euphonia, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Lattice-tailed Trogon, Black-crowned Antpitta, Sharpbill, Black-headed Anthrush, Ocellated Antbird , Ornate Hawk-Eable…

La Selva Biological Station,  Sarapiqui area: Caribbean lowlands rain forest.
Snowy Cotinga, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Great Tinamou, Slaty-breasted Tinamou, Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Rufous Motmot, Broad-billed Motmot, Black-throated Wren, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer …

La Paz Waterfall Gardens private reserve: Caribbean foothills  cloud forest, 1200m and Virgen del Socorro: Caribbean foothills rain forest, 600m.
Coppery-headed Emerald (endemic), Green-fronted Lancebill, Black-bellied Hummingbird, Green-crowned Brilliant, Sooty-faced Finch, Collared Trogon, Prong-billed Barbet, Red-headed Barbet, Emerald Tanager, Azure-hooded Jay …

Tapanti National Park: Montane forest, 1200m.
Black-faced Solitaire, Elegant Euphonia, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Streaked Xenops, White-throated Thrush, Scaled Antpitta, Barred Hawk…

Cerro de la Muerte : Paramo, high altitude forest, 3000m.
Volcano Junco, Sooty Robin, Volcano Hummingbird, Peg-billed Finch, Flame-throated Warbler…

Dota Valley and Mirador del Quetzal private reserve : High elevation forest, cloud forest: 2500m.
Resplendent Quetzal, Flame-colored Tanager, Yellow-winged Vireo, Barred Becard, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Ochraceous Pewee, Large-footed Finch, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Wrenthrush, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Spot-crowned Woodcreeper, Silvery-throated Jay, Black-and-yellow Silky-Flycatcher, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Slaty Flowerpiercer, Dusky Nightjar, Costa Rican Pygmy-Owl …

Carara National Park and Rio Tarcoles estuary: Pacific lowlands tropical forest, mangroves, mudflats, semi-open habitats.
Scarlet Macaw, Mangrove Hummingbird (endemic), Orange-collared Manakin, Royal Flycatcher, Baird’s Trogon, Northern Bentbill, Yellow-crowned Euphonia, Spot-crowned Euphonia, Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, Turquoise Cotinga, Blue-crowned Manakin, Little Tinamou …

Monteverde reserve : cloud forest 1200m .
Resplendent Quetzal, Orange-bellied Trogon, Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush, White-throated Spadebill, Grey-throated Leaftosser, Immaculate Antbird, Black-breasted Wood-Quail, White-eared Ground- Sparrow, Three-wattled Bellbird …

Arenal volcano and lake area: Caribbean foothills rain forest, 300m.
Ornate-Hawk-Eagle, Grey-headed Kite, White Hawk, Black-crested Coquette, Thicket Antpitta, Keel-billed Motmot, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Song Wren, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher…

Guanacaste – Tempisque. Palo Verde National Park: Tropical dry forest, swamps.
Long-tailed Manakin, Cinnamon Hummingbird, White-fronted Parrot, Yellow-naped Parrot, Spot-breasted Oriole, Streak-backed Oriole, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Lesser Ground-Cuckoo, Olive Sparrow, Thicket Tinamou, Banded Wren, White-lored Gnatcatcher, Pacific Screech-Owl …

La Llanura de San Carlos: Tropical Atlantic lowlands rain forest and semi open habitats.
Great Green Macaw, Pied Puffbird, White-fronted Nunbird, Thrushlike Schiffornis, Brown-hooded Parrot, Scaly-throated Leaftosser, Agami Heron …

Valle del General, Golfo Dulce : Pacific lowlands and mid elevation rain forest. Semi open habitats.
White-tailed Emerald, Scaled Pigeon, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Streaked Saltator, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager (endemic), Yellow-billed Cotinga, Pale-breasted Spinetail, Turquoise Cotinga, Cherrie’s Tanager …

Tenorio – Miravalles protected zone: mid-elevation Atlantic slope tropical rain forest 700m.
Tody Motmot, Keel-billed Motmot, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Three-wattled Bellbird, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Rufous-winged Tanager, Coppery-headed Hummingbird (endemic) …

RAMSAR area of Caño Negro: Swamps, fresh water lagoons, semi-open habitats.
Nicaraguan Grackle, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Nicaraguan Seed-Finch, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, Spot-breasted Wren, Black-collared Hawk …

Rancho Naturalista private reserve: Mid-elevation tropical forest, Atlantic slope, 700m.
Tawny-chested Flycatcher, Grey-headed Piprites, Olive-striped Flycatcher, Purplish-backed Quail-Dove, Spotted Woodcreeper, White-crowned Manakin, Snowcap …

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 + A GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF COSTA RICA by G.Stiles and A. Skutch (Cornell Univ.)
+ BIRDS OF COSTA RICA by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean ( Cornell Univ.)




 + Documentation: Please check with the Costa Rican consulate concerning current regulations and  requirements.
+ Health:
Consult your doctor or the Centers for Disease Control  like concerning health precautions and any injections that may be necessary to enter the area you will be visiting.
+ Infrastructure: Good driving conditions.
+Very satisfactory accommodation is available.
+ Language: Spanish
+ Local time: GMT-6
+ Electricity: 110 volts. American sockets
+ Currency: Colon. US$ are also accepted.
+ Climate: Tropical, Dry season: December to April. Showers are always possible, especially on the Caribbean side. Tropical temperatures but cool off with altitude.

Amazilia Tours provides an up-to-date check-list to each participant for daily reports.

All lodging is provided in hotels or comfortable lodges, near to or on-site.
The tour prices include lodging in double rooms (a supplement if 15% is charged for single room accommodation), all meals, transportation within the country, guide and entrance fees for the national parks. These prices do not include: international flight, alcoholic drinks, personal spending, airport departure tax, tips and travel insurance (repatriation, luggage loss and flight cancellation …
(see terms and conditions). 

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