FIELD GUIDE Animal Directory


With over 850 species grouped into 75 different families, Costa Rica’s avifauna is exceptionally varied, exceeding that of the United States and Canada combined. More than 630 are resident species, although only eight are endemic. Any part of the country is suited to successful birding, with many places offering the chance to see more than 100 species a day – take a guided tour or just follow your beak. Avian diversity peaks between October and April, when migrants flock in, filling the skies and trees with a carnival of color and sound.


A growing body of genetic and fossil evidence has demonstrated that birds (more properly referred to as the class Aves) ...

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