Birds of Costa Rica

April 2017, I joined my first birdwatching trip with Fundación Rapaces de Costa Rica, without ever knowing this would be come my preferred hobby. Photographing birds has taught me a lot about photography (doh!), but also about myself and my relationship with the natural environment. I feel at home when I am patiently waiting for the birds to strike the best pose. Sometimes they do play hide-and-seek with me, but that just makes it the most worth when I finally get the picture I wanted.

Currasows, Chachalacas, Guans

Great Currasow
Great Currasow

Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Northern Shoveler
Northern Shoveler
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Muscovy Duck
Muscovy Duck

Cormorants

Neotropical Cormorant
Neotropical Cormorant

Pelicans

Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer

Oystercatchers

American Oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns

Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Great Egret
Great Egret
Agami Heron
Agami Heron

Ibises, Spoonbills

White Ibis
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Plovers, Lapwings

Southern Lapwing
Southern Lapwing
Kildeer
Kildeer
Wilson's Plover
Wilson’s Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover

Stilts, Avocets

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt

Sandpipers, Allies

Whimbrel
Whimbrel
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Willet
Willet
Surfbird
Surfbird
Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

Jacanas

Northern Jacana
Northern Jacana

Rails, Crakes, Gallinules

White-throated Crake
White-throated Crake

New World Vultures

Black Vulture
Black Vulture
King Vulture
King Vulture

Hawks, Kites, Eagles

Harris HAwk
Harris Hawk
Double-toothed Kie
Double-toothed Kite
Roadside Hawk
Roadside Hawk
Common-black Hawk
Common-black Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk

Falcons, Caracaras

Bat Falcon
Bat Falcon
Aplomado Falcon
Aplomado Falcon

Owls

Black-and-white Owl
Black-and-white Owl

Swallows

Mangrove Swallow
Mangrove Swallow
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Blue-and-white Swallow
Blue-and-white Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Hummingbirds

Violet Sabrewing
Violet Sabrewing
Fiery-throated Hummingbird
Fiery-throated Hummingbird
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird
Brown Violetear
Brown Violetear
Green Thorntail
Green Thorntail
Green-crowned Brilliant
Green-crowned Brilliant
White-necked Jacobin
White-necked Jacobin
Coppery-headed Emerald
Coppery-headed Emerald
Green Violetear
Green Violetear
Black-crested Coquette
Black-crested Coquette
Talamanca Hummingbird
Talamanca Hummingbird
Crowned Woodnymph
Crowned Woodnymph
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Purple-throated Mountain-gem
Purple-throated Mountain-gem
Scintillant Hummingbird
Scintillant Hummingbird

Pigeons, Doves

Plain-breasted Ground-Dove
Plain-breasted Ground-Dove
Scaled Pigeon
Scaled Pigeon
White-winged Dove
White-winged Dove
Ruddy Ground-Dove
Ruddy Ground-Dove
Pale-vented Pigeon
Pale-vented Pigeon
Inca Dove
Inca Dove

White-tipped Dove
White-tipped Dove
Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon

Parrots

Brown-hooded Parrot
Brown-hooded Parrot
Great Green Macaw
Great Green Macaw

Cuckoos

Groove-billed Ani
Groove-billed Ani

Trogons

Collared Trogon
Collared Trogon
Resplendent Quetzal
Resplendent Quetzal

Motmots

Broad-billed Motmot
Broad-billed Motmot
Turquoise-browed Motmot
Turquoise-browed Motmot

Kingfishers

Green Kingfisher
Green Kingfisher

Puffbirds

White-whiskered Puffbird
White-whiskered Puffbird

New World Barbets

Red-headed Barbet
Red-headed Barbet

Toucans

Collared Aracari
Collared Aracari
Keel-billed Toucan
Keel-billed Toucan
Black-mandibled Toucan
Black-mandibled Toucan

Woodpeckers

Acorn Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
Olivaceous Piculet
Olivaceous Piculet
Black-cheeked Woodpecker
Black-cheeked Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

Ovenbirds, Woodcreepers

Streaked Xenops
Streaked Xenops

Typical Antbirds

Barred Antshrike
Barred Antshrike
Spotted Antbird
Spotted Antbird

Tyrant Flycatchers

Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Great Kiskadee
Great Kiskadee
Tropical Kingbird
Tropical Kingbird
Torrent Tyrannulet
Torrent Tyrannulet
Tropical Pewee
Tropical Pewee
Social Flycatcher
Social Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Brown-crested Flycatcher
Brown-crested Flycatcher
Gray-capped Flycatcher
Gray-capped Flycatcher

Tityras, Becards, Allies

Black-crowned Tityra
Black-crowned Tityra

Manakins

White-collared Manakin
White-collared Manakin

Cotingas

Three-wattled Bellbird
Three-wattled Bellbird

Thrushes, Allies

Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush
Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush
Sooty Thrush
Sooty Thrush
Clay-colored Thrush
Clay-colored Thrush

Mockingbirds

Tropical Mockingbird
Tropical Mockingbird

Silky-Flycatchers

Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher
Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher

Wrens

Rufous-naped Wren
Rufous-naped Wren
Cabani's Wren
Cabani’s Wren
House Wren
House Wren

New World Warbler

Northern Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Collared Redstart
Collared Redstart
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat
Slate-throated Redstart
Slate-throated Redstart

Tanagers, Seedeaters, Allies

White-lined Tanager
White-lined Tanager
Palm Tanager
Palm Tanager
Golden-hooded Tanager
Golden-hooded Tanager
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Red-legged Honeycreeper
Nicaraguan Seed-Finch
Nicaraguan Seed-Finch
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Yellow-bellied Seedeater
Passerini's Tanager
Passerini’s Tanager
Plain-colored Tanager
Plain-colored Tanager
Green Honeycreeper
Green Honeycreeper
Bananaquit
Bananaquit
White-collared Seedeater
White-collared Seedeater
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Blue-gray Tanager
Blue-gray Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager
Shining Honeycreeper
Shining Honeycreeper
Blue-black Grassquit
Blue-black Grassquit
Variable Seedeater
Variable Seedeater
Black-headed Saltator
Black-headed Saltator

Finches, New World Sparrows, Allies

Large-footed Finch
Large-footed Finch
Black-striped Sparrow
Black-striped Sparrow
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Rufous-collared Sparrow

Grosbeaks, Buntings, Allies

Hepatic Tanager
Hepatic Tanager
Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

Blackbirds, Orioles

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Montezuma Oropendola
Montezuma Oropendola
Melodious Blackbird
Melodious Blackbird
Chestnut-headed Oropendola
Chestnut-headed Oropendola
Black-cowled Oriole
Black-cowled Oriole

Euphonias

Olive-backed Euphonia
Olive-backed Euphonia
Elegant Euphonia
Elegant Euphonia