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  • Writer's pictureKevin Esser

Costa Rica - Birds

I've been in Costa Rica since November 13th and have not shown a single picture of a bird yet. That is no longer acceptable... so I want to catch up here. In this post I show some of the birds that I could photograph so far. Including migratory birds there are more than 900 species in Costa Rica... it's every birder's paradise!

Piranga rubra - Summer Tanager

The Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) is one of those migratory birds. Living most of the year in the southern part of the USA, coming to visit Central America during the winter. This is a beautiful male. The females are less colorful, more brownish.

Thraupis-episcopus - Blue-gray Tanager

The very common Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus) doesn't show a significant gender dimorphism, which means male and female look the same.

Tangara larvata - Golden-hooded Tanager

Definitely one of my favorite birds I have seen so far: Golden-hooded Tanager (Tangara larvata).

The Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii) is 46 cm (18 in) long and weights 195 g (6.9 oz). This bird feeds on insects, lizards, frogs, fish, crabs, and many fruits.

Cyanerpes cyaneus - Red-legged Honeycreeper

With approximately 12.2 cm (4.8 in) length, the Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) is a small bird. They are almost the same size and look similar, but they are no hummingbirds. The green females are very pretty birds...

Cyanerpes cyaneus - Red-legged Honeycreeper

...but the shiny blue males are even prettier. These birds look like flying gems!

Ramphastos ambiguus - Yellow-throated Toucan

And finally the famous one! This is the largest species of toucan, living in Costa Rica: the Yellow-throated Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus). It reaches a total length of 47–61 cm (19–24 in). It feeds mainly on fruits, but also on lizards, snakes, rodents, smaller birds and insects.


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