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Costa Rica: Naturalists' Paradise

Costa Rica is a favorite destination for many naturalists from all over the world, and its bird population is one of the main attractions. Over 850 species have been identified, far more than have been seen in North America, Europe or Australia.

Full of trees, flowers and bushes, our garden is particularly attractive to birds. Hummingbirds, Blue crowned Motmots, Palm Tanagers, Tropical Kingbirds, Boat-Billed Flycatchers -- among many others-- are frequently sighted on our grounds.

The national bird, the yiguirro, is one of the most common birds seen in our gardens. You will also find the fascinating colibrí, the tiny hummingbird, always in motion. Another often-sighted species in the Bougainvillea is the rufous-tail, a medium-sized bird whose throat and breast are glittering green and the tail is reddish brown. The back garden area behind the tennis court is the best place to find the blue-crowned motmot, which has a bluish green throat and a very long tail. Another variety of bird easily seen is the tropical kingbird, with its gray head and olive-yellow breast.

Next, a recently-seen bird checklist:

Birds sighted in gardens of Hotel Bougainvillea

Great-tailed grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
Blue Gray Tanger (Thraupis episcopus)
Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)
Clay-Colored Robin (Turdus grayi)
Blue And White Swallow (Notiochelidon cyanoleuca)
Inca Dove (Columbina inca)
Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)
Grayish Saltator (Sesontle) (Saltator coerulescens)
Rufous-Collared Sparrow (Zonotrichi capencis)
Rufous-Tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)
Crimson-Fronted Parakeet (Aratinga finschi)
Yellow-Bellied Elaenia (Elaenia flavogaster)
Groove-Billed Ani (Crotophaga sulcirostis)
Boat-Billed Flycatcher (Megarhynchus pitangua)
Hoffmann's Woodpecker (Melanerpes hoffmannii)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Fork-Tailed Emerald (Chlorostilbon canivetii)
Blue -Crowned Motmot (Momotus momota)
Red-Billed Pigeon (Columba flavirostris)
Plain Wren (Thryothorus modestus)
House Wren (Throglodytes aedon)
Green-Breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii)
White-Naped Brush-Finch (Atlapetes guturalis)
Violet Sabrewing (Campylopterus hemileucurus)
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum)
Bronzed Cowbird (Molothrus aeneus)
Rock Dove (Columba livia)
Prevost's Ground-Sparrow (Melozone biarcuatum)
White-Eared Ground-Sparrow (Melozone leucotis)
Swallow-Tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)
Steely-Vented Hummingbird (Amazilia saucerrottei)
Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi)
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
White-Winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
Baltimore creole
Melodious blackbird
Social flycatcher
Summer tanager
Brown jay
Yellow warbler
Grey hawk
Tennessee warbler
Peregrine falcon
Rufous-naped wren
Philadelphia vireo
White-tailed kite
Rose-breasted grosbeak
Rufous-capped warbler
Squirrel cuckoo
Orchard oriole
Sooty-caped chlorospingus
Broad-winged hawk


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