Discover the Colorful Hummingbirds of Costa Rica

With more than 50 species found in this small country, the hummingbirds of Costa Rica put on an amazing show. Visit hummingbird hotspots in Costa Rica.

hummingbirds of costa ricaCourtesy Elijah Gildea
Lesser violetear hummingbird in Costa Rica

Costa Rica isn’t just a breathtaking backdrop for outdoor adventures—it’s a bona fide hummingbird paradise. The country is home to at least 50 species of hummingbirds—about three times the number found in the America. And unlike the types of hummingbirds in the United States, these amazing birds live in Costa Rica year-round. Expect astonishing diversity, whether you’re in the rambling mountains or in the dense rainforests, and always have binoculars at the ready. Research COVID-19 international travel restrictions before booking a trip.

Check out stunning hummingbird photos you need to see.

hummingbirds of costa ricaCourtesy Jessica Jordan
Violet sabrewing at Curi Cancha Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica

Dining With the Costa Rica Hummingbirds

Grab a bite to eat and keep your eyes open for hummingbirds at a delightful roadside diner, Galeria de Colibries y Restaurant Cinchona. The back patio offers the best seats in the house, especially to spot the copperyheaded emerald, found solely in Costa Rica. Bird-watch at the Virgen del Socorro canyon near the restaurant.

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hummingbirds of costa ricaCourtesy Jim Frandeen
Green-crowned brilliant hummingbird in Bosque de Paz in Costa Rica

Best Place to Stay to See Costa Rica Hummingbirds

Varying elevations offer an incredible variety of hummingbird species. Head to the mountains and stay at Paraiso Quetzal Lodge, a fantastic place to relax and see the many high-elevation species of hummingbirds found in Costa Rica. Here in the cloud forest, you may get lucky enough to spot a fiery-throated hummingbird or lesser violetear.

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hummingbirds of costa ricaCourtesy Mike Whear
Fiery-throated hummingbird in Costa Rica

Explore the Rainforest

Put your eyes to the skies at Rancho Naturalista, a lodge located in the lush rainforest. An incredible number of hummingbirds visit the feeders and flowers. The snowcap, a tiny purple hummingbird with a white cap on its head, stops by regularly.

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More Photos of Costa Rica Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds of Costa RicaJill Staake
White-necked jacobin
Black-bellied hummingbird in Costa RicaCourtesy Elijah Gildea
Black-bellied hummingbird in Costa Rica
hummingbirds of costa ricaCourtesy Leslie Scopes Anderson
Long-billed hermit
hummingbirds of costa ricaCourtesy Leslie Scopes Anderson
Green-breasted mango
Hummingbird Costa Rica Purple Throated Mountain Gem FJill Staake
Purple-throated mountain-gem, female
Hummingbird Costa Rica Rufous TailedJill Staake
Rufous-tailed hummingbird
Hummingbird Costa Rica White Bellied Mountain GemJill Staake
White-bellied mountain-gem
Hummingbirds Costa Rica Green Hermit MJill Staake
Green hermit
Hummingbird Costa Rica Volcano FJill Staake
Volcano hummingbird, female
Hummingbirds Costa Rica Green ThorntailJill Staake
Green thorntail

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Rob Ripma
Rob is a lifelong Indiana resident and co-owner of Sabrewing Nature Tours. He has birded extensively throughout the Americas and also spent time birding in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Rob is currently on the executive boards of two organizations: Past President of the Board of the Amos Butler Audubon Society in Indianapolis (after leading the board as President for 6 years) and Secretary for Ohio’s Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO). He also serves as the field trip coordinator for BSBO’s Biggest Week in American Birding annual event. Rob sat on the executive board of the Indiana Audubon Society for three years as Treasurer and Vice President. He is a co-founder of the Indiana Young Birders Club and speaks at a variety of organizations and schools about birds and birding to share his knowledge and experiences in the field. His leadership and expertise led to Rob working as the primary bird blogger for Birds & Blooms Magazine from 2013-2017. Rob enjoys working with both new and experienced birders of all ages and believes that teaching people about birds will not only increase interest in birding but also help them better understand why we must work to protect them and their habitats. Additionally, he loves educating others about the positive impact nature tourism can have on local economies, especially in developing countries. This passion led to his involvement in the production of a PBS television program called, “Flight Path: The World of Migratory Birds”, where a crew accompanied him on a tour to Panama to highlight and bring to life the effect that birds and birding have on both the people that see them and those who work and live in areas visited by birders and nature lovers. Rob graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2008 and lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wife and daughter.