Costa Rica

GuideLocal Guide
DatesAny Time
Birding Days11
Ground Price£2650
$3444
€3180
Flight ex UK£550
Local Guide chosen from our selection of excellent guides. We take care to choose locally-based guides who know the birds of their locality. They ensure you get a bird-filled tour, with the additional benefit of first-hand knowledge of the culture of the country.
We first visit Savegre where we will watch for such species as Black Guan, Grey-breasted Wood-Wren, the elegant Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Black-capped and Tufted Flycatchers, migrant warblers including Wilson’s and Black-throated Green. Hummingbird feeders at the lodge typically have 5 species attending which include White-throated Mountain-Gem, Green Violet-ear, Magnificent, the tiny Scintillant, and Volcano Hummingbirds. Flame-coloured Tanagers and Slaty Flower-piercers can also be seen on the hummingbird feeders. We always keep an eye out for the aptly named Resplendent Quetzal which frequents the area around the lodge.
We next head for the Caribbean slope. En route, hummingbird feeders are abuzz with up to 9 species, including Green Hermit, Green-crowned Brilliant, Violet Sabrewing, the Costa Rican endemic Coppery-headed Emerald, the precious Green Thorntail, White-bellied Mountain-Gem, and even the occasional Magenta-throated Woodstar. Bananas and papaya feeders attract an array of birds including Blue-throated Toucanet, Prong-billed and Red-headed Barbets, Passerini’s, Crimson-collared, Silver-throated and Summer Tanagers, and Black-cowled and wintering Baltimore Orioles. Fruiting trees in the garden attract the stunning Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Bay-headed Tanager, and Scarlet-thighed Dacnis.
Finally, we are at La Selva. Toucans, parrots, doves, and antshikes will all be evident along with oropendolas, caciques, tanagers, hummingbirds...the list seems endless here. Specialties here include Semiplumbeous Hawk, Great Green Macaw, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, White-necked and Pied Puffbirds, White-ringed Flycatcher, Snowy Cotinga, Plain-coloured Tanager, and Yellow-tailed Oriole. In the primary forest we hope to find such goodies as Great Tinamou, Black-throated and Slaty-tailed Trogons, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Western Slaty-Antshrike, Rufous Mourner, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, and the diminutive Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant. With luck we may see a roosting Great Potoo or even a Crested Owl.