Finding Warblers in Costa Rica

Warblers are found throughout North and South America and I saw some interesting ones in Costa Rica.

Rob Ripma

When many people think of warblers, they only think about the species that migrate through the US as well as those that breed here. What they are forgetting are the many amazing species that don’t quite make it this far north. While traveling in Costa Rica over the last few weeks, I encountered several incredible warbler species that either rarely or never occur in the United State.. A few of the more tropical species that I saw, such as Tropical Parula, Golden-crowned Warbler, and Rufous-capped Warbler are seen in the US from time to time are quite rare. I’ve seen both Tropical Parula and Golden-crowned Warbler in the Rio Grande Valley but it was really fun to see them in their more usual habitats.

I took this photo of a Tropical Parula in the Rio Grande Valley but also saw many of them while in Costa Rica.

I took this photo of a Tropical Parula in the Rio Grande Valley but also saw many of them while in Costa Rica.

In addition to those species, I found several warblers that were new birds for my life list and are not found in the US! My favorite new warbler was Collared Redstart. This species is extremely friendly and hangs around people that in Spanish the bird is called “amigo del hombre” which means “friend of man”. Some of the individuals were so used to people that they would come inside the bar at Savegre Mountain Lodge when the door was open and catch insects that were inside!

The Collared Redstarts were extremely cooperative for photos at Savegre Mountain Lodge!

The Collared Redstarts were extremely cooperative for photos at Savegre Mountain Lodge!

Other warblers that were new for my list were, Flame-throated Warbler, Olive-crowned Yellowthroat, Black-cheeked Warbler, Buff-rumped Warbler, and Slate-throated Redstart.

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