Costa Rica has always been a sought-after destination for nature lovers due to its stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife. While there are countless adventurous activities to enjoy during a Costa Rica couples’ trip, bird watching stands out as a unique and memorable experience. With over 900 bird species recorded in the country and an estimated five million birds migrating through Costa Rica each year, bird watching is a must-do activity during your romantic getaway.

Here are the top 10 birds to spot and appreciate while exploring the natural wonders of Costa Rica:

  1. Resplendent Quetzal

The Resplendent Quetzal tops the list for any bird watchers in Costa Rica. It is renowned for its dazzling emerald plumage and long, trailing tail feathers. Observing this elusive bird in the cloud forests of Monteverde or the Savegre Valley will leave you and your partner in awe of its beauty. Keep your eyes peeled and be patient, as spotting a Quetzal requires a keen eye and a bit of luck.

  1. Toucans

Costa Rica is home to six different species of toucans, including the iconic Keel-billed Toucan with its rainbow-colored bill. Listen for their distinctive calls and marvel at their unique features in the Arenal Volcano National Park or the Sarapiquí region. These charismatic birds are known for their large, colorful bills and playful nature.

  1. Hummingbirds

The tiny and iridescent hummingbirds offer a mesmerizing sight with their rapid wing movements. Visit places like the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and La Paz Waterfall Gardens to witness these remarkable birds in action. With their iridescent feathers and lightning-fast wings, hummingbirds captivate birdwatchers with their aerial acrobatics and stunning beauty.

  1. Scarlet Macaw

With its vibrant red, blue, and yellow feathers, the Scarlet Macaw perfectly embodies the colorful spirit of Costa Rica’s rainforests. Their raucous calls and colorful display make them a favorite among birdwatchers. Keep an eye out for these majestic birds in locations like Carara National Park and the Osa Peninsula. Thanks to a reintroduction of these majestic birds a few years ago, you may see Macaws without ever leaving our all-inclusive vacation rental at Hacienda Pinilla Resort!

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  1. Montezuma Oropendola

The Montezuma Oropendola’s black and yellow plumage, distinctive tail, and hanging nests make it a fascinating bird to observe. Watch the males perform their captivating courtship dance, complete with swaying and gurgling sounds. Keep an eye out for their woven fiber nests hanging from trees and power poles throughout the country.

  1. Blue-crowned Motmot

Recognizable by its striking blue crown and vibrant colors, the Blue-crowned Motmot is a favorite among bird enthusiasts. Spot them in abundance at Manuel Antonio National Park or the remote forests of the Osa Peninsula. With their unique tail feathers and beautiful plumage, these birds are a delight to observe.

  1. Golden-hooded Tanager

Dressed in vibrant yellow, blue, and black plumage, the Golden-hooded Tanager adds a touch of brilliance to Costa Rican gardens and forests. Look for them in the Arenal Volcano area or the Monteverde Reserve. These lively birds hop among the foliage, creating a striking contrast that is a treat for the eyes and the camera.

  1. Yellow-throated Euphonia

The Yellow-throated Euphonia’s bright yellow throat and blue body make it a captivating sight. Enjoy their melodious songs and graceful movements in locations such as the Osa Peninsula and Monteverde. These birds bring joy and beauty to the diverse habitats of Costa Rica.

  1. Yellow-billed Cotinga

The critically endangered Yellow-billed Cotinga is a rare find in the Osa Peninsula. With its snowy white plumage and contrasting yellow bill, spotting this bird requires some luck and careful observation. Take a tour of the Tamarindo Estuary to increase your chances of encountering this extraordinary species.

  1. Great Green Macaw

With only around 1,000 birds left in the world, the majestic Great Green Macaw is an endangered species that can be spotted in Corcovado National Park and La Selva Biological Station. With its impressive wingspan, these beautiful birds captivate birdwatchers with their striking appearance and graceful flight. By observing them, you can contribute to their conservation efforts. If you want to ensure you see this rare bird, you can visit the Punta Islita Wild Macaw Reserve in the Nicoya Peninsula. Run by the Macaw Recovery Network, this is the same organization that reintroduced Macaws to the resort where Pura Vida House resides.

A Costa Rica couples’ trip offers the perfect opportunity for nature-loving partners to immerse themselves in the captivating world of birds. With its abundant wildlife and diverse ecosystems, Costa Rica is a bird watcher’s paradise. Imagine exploring lush rainforests, winding rivers, and vibrant national parks, all while spotting a remarkable array of feathered beauties.

During your couples’ bird-watching trip in Costa Rica, you’ll have the chance to encounter rare and breathtaking species such as the Resplendent Quetzal, Scarlet Macaw, and Toucans. The country’s rich biodiversity provides a symphony of colors and sounds, as hummingbirds zip through the air and Montezuma Oropendolas display their captivating courtship dance.

As you venture through Costa Rica’s remarkable landscapes, you and your partner will create unforgettable memories while deepening your connection with each other and nature. Whether you choose to explore the cloud forests of Monteverde, the pristine beaches of Manuel Antonio, or the untamed beauty of the Osa Peninsula, each location offers its own unique bird-watching experiences.

Make your Costa Rica couples’ trip even more memorable by staying in our all-inclusive vacation rentals that provide comfort and convenience. The accommodations at Pura Vida House allow you to relax and recharge after exhilarating bird-watching excursions, ensuring that your romantic getaway is both enjoyable and rejuvenating. Our luxury villas at Hacienda Pinilla Resort provide easy access to prime birding spots and offer a comfortable retreat after a day of exploration.

For more information and to plan your unforgettable couples’ bird-watching trip, please contact us at (614) 600-1904 or email us at [email protected]. We are committed to ensuring that your Costa Rica experience is filled with magical moments and cherished memories. We look forward to assisting you soon!

Blog by: Jennifer LaCharite – Costa Consultants, International