Heading off in Search of Tropical Bird Species

In less than a month, I will be in Costa Rica searching for many tropical bird species.

Rob Ripma

Next month, I will be heading off to Costa Rica to see many of the tropical bird species that occur there. The country boasts a list of almost 900 bird species and is one of the most popular birding destinations in the world.  It’s my first trip to Costa Rica and there are a lot of birds for me to learn but luckily there are many species in Costa Rica that I have previously seen in Honduras.

Black-cheeked Woodpecker will be common in Costa Rica just like it was in Honduras.

Black-cheeked Woodpecker will be common in Costa Rica just like it was in Honduras.

While not exceptionally common, I should find this Black-headed Saltator during my time in Costa Rica.

While not exceptionally common, I should find this Black-headed Saltator during my time in Costa Rica.

I’ll be spending two weeks traveling around Costa Rica and visiting some of it’s best known birding spots. We’ll travel from Rancho Naturalista to Savegre and then on to the northern part of the country where we will visit Laguna del Lagarto and Selva Verde Lodge. From Selva Verde, we will visit the world famous La Selva Biological Station that boasts the highest species total in all of Costa Rica!

This trip also gives me to opportunity to find two of the birds that I listed in my post Top 5 Birds I Want to See in 2014. I could have the chance to observe both Scarlet Macaws and Resplendent Quetzals!

I’ll be posting updates and photos from the trip here so stay tuned to see some of the amazing species that I see and photograph! Take a guess as to how many species I will see during my two week trip in the comments and I’ll post a final total once I return home.

  1. Julie says

    Went to Costa Rica last year and it was fabulous both the birds and the plants. Like a botanical garden everywhere .

  2. Deanna says

    Traveled to Costa Rica also and saw some great birds there. Saw a Quetzal, Macaw, Bell bird, beautiful humming birds.

  3. says

    Looking forward to the posts and happy to see that you are headed to Laguna del Lagarto. I live and bird in Costa Rica and think that it is one of the best, least visited sites in the country. Who knows, maybe I will run into you in the field.

    • Rob RipmaRob Ripma says

      Hi Pat! I hope that I run into you while birding in Costa Rica over the next couple of weeks. I’m extremely excited to visit Laguna del Lagarto as it sounds like a fantastic place!

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