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Exotic Birds of Costa RicaThere are more than 880 species of birds in the 51,000 km² of Costa Rica
Exotic birds of Costa Rica are a great example of its huge biodiversity. Its world features the most bizarre combination of shapes, colorations and songs that can be ever imagined. From the tiny and delicate Humming Bird to the strength and power of birds of prey like the Harpy Eagle (whose population is being recovered successfully); from the colorful toucans, like the Rainbow-billed Toucan at left, and tanagers or honeycreepers, like the Red-legged Honeycreeper at right, to the less flamboyant but extraordinarily melodious Clay-colored Robin "Yigüirro"; or from the most common and charming to the birds in danger of extinction, all they are what remains from dinosaurs thanks to its evolutive adaptations to fly and protect themselves with its feather coverage.
Summary of Costa Rica Birds Facts
Costa Rica and its Tropical Wild Birds
Costa Rica Tropical Rainforests are famous because of its high biodiversity. As an example, into the Arenal Volcano surrounding forests the Great Curassow (Crax rubra) can be seen foraging almost times on the ground and sometimes hovering into the trees foliage. Also, Kingfishers, as the largest of America, the Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata), are found easily on the rivers and springs. It is no difficult to sight the conspicuous bill of toucans, either the full colored Rainbow-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) or the yellow and purple of Swainson's Toucan (Ramphastos swainsonii). The Black-cheeked Woodpecker (Melanerpes pucherani) and the Pale-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus guatemalensis) search for larvae and insects on tree trunks, but also eat fruits, specially from Heliconia in the last one. Very soundly and ubiquitous is the The Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) calls. Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza) feed primarily on fruits, and you can see its sublime green plumage while feedeng in a banana tree, as well as the Reg-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus) and the not less charming colorful tanagers like the Golden-hooded (Tangara larvata), the Bay-headed (Tangara gyrola), Blue-gray (Thraupis episcopus) or the Cherrie's tanager (Ramphocelus costaricensis).
One of the most graceful, amusing and charming bird song you can ever hear is the rich call on breeding season of the Costa Rica national bird, the Clay-colored Robin or "yigüiro" (Turdus grayi). This bird melodies can be enjoyed, widespreadly along the country, at the beginning of the annual rainy season, and that's the reason of the Costa Rican peasant tradition according to which this bird song calls for the rains at April and May.
In order to ensure the welfare of birds and their natural habitat; it must be avoided stressing the birds by controlled use of photography and video equipment, keeping back from nests and nesting colonies, and respecting general environmental guidelines as well.
Tropical Exotic Birds Books
This is a selection of recommended and suggested books for further reading and learning about Costa Rica tropical exotic birds, flora and fauna; which are available for look at their reader reviews and buying online if needed (* As a form to support this website, we are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites).
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