Birding in Sarapiqui Costa Rica

Collared Aracari 1 day 1

Collared Aracari, always looks like he's sporting his favourite striped jumper!

We left the Hotel Bougainvillea and moved on to our base for the next few days, Selva Verde in the Sarapiqui region in the Caribbean lowlands. This area offers superb birding and birds around the lodge include:

Rufous Motmot, Yellow-throated Toucan, Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Green Honeycreeper, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Orange-billed Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Scarlet-rumped Tanager, White-collared Manakin, Cinnamon Becard, Buff-throated Saltator, and Montezuma Oropendola, while Great Green Macaws have flown overhead!

Red legged Honeycreeper 1 Day 1

Male Red-legged Honeycreeper certainly lives up to its name!

We took a boat trip on the River Sarapiqui and enjoyed great views of Great Curassow, Green Ibis, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Amazon and Green Kingfishers and more. What a relaxing way to enjoy exciting birds!

We also visited another mixed area of woodland and open fields where we had some very special encounters with Great Potoo, Spectacled Owl and Crested Owls, amazing!

Snowcap hummingbird CR 2016 1

Snowcap, another bird that does what it says on the tin!

On the hummingbird front, we've enjoyed such little gems as Long-billed and Stripe-throated Hermits, White-necked Jacobin, Green-breasted Mango, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Crowned Woodnymph, as well as the amazing Snowcap and the incredible Black-crested Coquette. And the other wildlife has been pretty amazing too with two-toed and three-toed sloths, howler monkeys, spectacled caiman, northern ghost bats, Jesus Christ lizard, green iguanas and blue jeans frogs.

A visit to the Socorro region today at higher altitude gave us plenty of exciting new birds including Bat Falcon, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Silver-throated Tanager, Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush, Grey-breasted Wood-Wren, Zeledon's Antbird and more.

Black mandibled Toucan 1 Day 2

Never tire of watching these handsome Yellow-throated Toucans

So many exciting birds and we're only on our third birding day! Do check back again for more of our Costa Rica birding adventures.

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