Do you call yourself a birder, a bird watching enthusiast, a nature and bird photographer, or just a curiosity seeker hoping to see the resplendent Quetzal on a cloud forest hiking trail? Do you do your bird watching alone, with friends, like to take a tour, or just keep your eyes and ears open while you enjoy nature, looking for monkeys or other wildlife?

In Costa Rica, it really doesn’t matter how you do your birding, because if you want to see and photograph birds, you are in one of the best bird watching locations in the world. Costa Rica boasts having over 870 bird species, according to the Costa Rican Ornithological Association Scientific Committee. The benefit to coming to Costa Rica for your bird watching experiences and tours is the fact that there is such a wide variety of species, as Costa Rica’s altitude varies between sea level and 3,800 meters (12,540 feet). Within that wide zone of temperature and climate conditions, you will find everything from the tropical Toucans and Scarlet Macaws to Quetzals and Trogons.

While it is true that Costa Rica is in the migratory path between North and South America, the greatest percentage of birds nest here permanently. At Bosque de Paz, we have recorded more than 331 species of birds at our preserve since July, 1997, including Resplendent Quetzal, Scaled Antpitta, Black Guan, Emerald Toucanet, Three Wattled Bellbird, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Zeledonia, and Silvery-fronted, Tapaculo, Black–faced Solitaire, American Dipper, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, among many others, and abundant hummingbirds. We are proud to have hosted tours for the 1997 ABA / AFO Annual Meeting, and are a favorite of the National Audubon Society members, as well as hosting wildlife photography groups whose favorite seems to be the myriad of varieties of hummingbirds that are always close by.

At Bosque de Paz, we offer a number of bird watching tours, depending upon the number in your group, the length of time you wish to go birding and, of course, how hardy you are for hiking around. Remember, Bosque de Paz is a 1,000 acre private reserve with a lot of variation in altitude, so birders can sit in one spot, or head out into the cloud forest to expand their list of species, all depending upon what you want to do and what tour you would like to take.

Bosque de Paz Bird List
English NameLatin Name
1 Neotropical Cormorant Phalacrocorax olivaceus
2 Limpkin Aramus guarauna
3 Great Blue HeronArdea herodias
4 Tricolored HeronEgretta tricolor
5 Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
6 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
7 Fasciated Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma fasciatum
8 Little Green Heron Butorides striatus
9 White-throated Crake Laterallus albigularis
10 Sora Porzana carolina
11 Gray-necked Wood-Rail Aramides cajanea
12 Purple Gallinule Porphyrula martinica
13 Sunbittern Eurypyga helias
14 Northern Jacana Jacana spinosa
15 Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
16 Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
17 Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus
18 Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
19 Black-bellied Whistling-duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
20 Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
21 Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
22 Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
23 Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
24 Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
25 Gray-headed Chachalaca Ortalis cinereiceps
26 Great Curassow Crax rubra
27 Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens
28 Black Guan Chamaepetes unicolor
29 Great Tinamou Tinamus major
30 Highland Tinamou Nothocercus bonapartei
31 Little Tinamou Crypturellus soui
32 Black-breasted Wood-Quail Odontophorus leucolaemus
33 Spotted Wood-Quail Odontophorus guttatus
34 Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge Dendrortyx leucophrys
35 Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
36 Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
37 King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa
38 Great Blackhawk Buteogallus urubitinga
39 Solitary Eagle Harpyhaliaetus solitarius
40 Black Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus tyrannus
41 Swainson’s Hawk Buteo swainsoni
42 White-tailed Kite Elanus caerulus
43 Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
44 Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis
45 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
46 Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
47 Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
48 American Kestrel Falco sparverius
49 Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis
50 Merlin Falco columbarius
51 Double-toothed Kite Harpagus bidentatus
52 Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
53 Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperi
54 Barred Forest-Falcon Micrastur ruficollis
55 Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus
56 Bicolored Hawk Accipiter bicolor
57 Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
58 Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
59 Barred Hawk Leucopternis princeps
60 White Hawk Leucopternis albicollis
61 Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
62 Crested Eagle Morphnus guianensis
63 Ornate Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus ornatus
64 Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle Spizastur melanoleucus
65 Osprey Pandion haliaetus
66 Band-tailed Pigeon Columba fasciata
67 Red-billed Pigeon Columba flavirostris
68 Short-billed Pigeon Columba nigrirostris
69 Ruddy Pigeon Columba subvinacea
70 Rock Dove Columba livia
71 Blue Ground-dove Claravis pretiosa
72 Ruddy Ground-dove Columbina talpacoti
73 Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
74 Maroon-chested Ground-Dove Claravis mondeotura
75 Inca Dove Columbina inca
76 Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
77 White -tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
78 Chiriqui Quail-Dove Geotrygon chiriquensis
79 Buff-fronted Quail-Dove Geotrygon costaricencis
80 White-crowned Parrot Pionus senilis
81 Blue-headed Parrot Pionus menstruus
82 Brown-hooded Parrot Pionopsitta haematotis
83 Crimson-fronted Parakeet Aratinga finschi
84 Olive-throated Parakeet Aratinga nana
85 Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis
86 Red-fronted Parrotlet Touit costaricensis
87 Barred Parakeet Bolborhynchus lineola
88 Crested Owl Lophostrix cristata
89 Mottled Owl Ciccaba virgata
90 Black-and-White Owl CIccaba nigrolineata
91 Spectacled Owl Pulsatrix perspicillata
92 Common Barn-Owl Tyto alba
93 Bare-shanked Screech-Owl Otus clarkii
94 Unspotted Saw-whet Owl Aegolius ridgwayi
95 Tropical Screech-Owl Otus choliba
96 Montane Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium jardinii
97 Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythrophtalmus
98 Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
99 Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
100 Chuck-will’s-widow Caprimulgus carolinensis
101 Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis
102 Dusky Nightjar Caprimulgus saturatus
103 White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris
104 Black Swift Cypseloides niger
105 Chestnut-collared Swift Cypseloides rutilus
106 Vaux’s Swift Chaetura vauxi
107 Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
108 Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
109 Southern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
110 Blue-and-white Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
111 Little Hermit Phaetornis longemareus
112 Green Hermit Phaetornis guy
113 Brown Violet-ear Colibri delphinae
114 Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus
115 Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus
116 Green-fronted Lancebill Doryfera ludoviciae
117 Purple-crowned Fairy Heliothryx barroti
118Green-crowned Brilliant Heliodoxa jacula
119 Magnificent Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens
120 Violet-crowned Woodnymph Thalurania colombica
121 White-bellied Mountain-Gem Lampornis hemileucus
122 Purple-throated Mountain-Gem Lampornis calolaema
123 Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl
124 Fiery-Throated Hummingbird Panterpe insignis
125 Fork-tailed Emerald Chlorostilbon canivetii
126 Steely-vented Hummingbird Amazilia saucerrottei
127 Striped-tailed Hummingbird Eupherusa eximia
128 Black-bellied Hummingbird Eupherusa nigriventris
129 Coppery-headed Emerald Elvira cupreiceps
130 Green Thorntail Discosura conversii
131 Magenta-throated Woodstar Calliphlox bryantae
132 Volcano Hummingbird Selasphorus flammula
133 Scintillant Hummingbird Selasphorus scintilla
134 Snowcap Microchera albocoronata
135 Resplendent Quetzal Pharomachrus mocinno
136 Orange-bellied Trogon Trogon aurantiiventris
137 Collared Trogon Trogon collaris
138 Blue-crowned Motmot Monotus momota
139 Emerald Toucanet Aulacorrhyncus prasinus
140 Keel-billed Toucan Ramphastos sulfuratus
141 Chestnut-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos swainsonii
142 Yellow-eared Toucanet Selenidera spectabilis
143 Prong-billed Barbet Semnornis frantzii
144 Red-headed Barbet Eubucco bourcierii
145 Lanceolated Monklet Micromonacha lanceolata
146 Rufous-winged Woodpecker Piculus simplex
147 Golden-olive Woodpecker Piculus rubiginosus
148 Smoky-brown Woodpecker Veniliornis fumigatus
149 Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
150 Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
151 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
152 Streaked Xenops Xenops rutilans
153 Plain Xenops Xenops minutus
154 Ruddy Treerunner Margarornis rubiginosus
155 Spotted Barbtail Premnoplex brunnescens
156 Olivaceous Woodcreeper Sittasomus griseicapillus
157 Streaked-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
158 Spot-crowned Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes affinis
159 Brown-billed Scythebill Campylorhamphus pusillus
160 Black-banded Woodcreeper Dendrocolaptes picumnus
161 Strong-billed Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus
162 Spotted Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus erythropygius
163 Buffy Tuftedcheek Pseudocolaptes lawrencii
164Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner Anabacerthia variegaticeps
165Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner Philydor rufus
English NameLatin Name
166 Streaked-breasted Treehunter Thripadectes rufobrunneus
167 Lineated Foliage-gleaner Syndactyla subalaris
168 Scaly-throated Leaftosser Sclerurus guatemalensis
169 Gray-throated Leaftosser Sclerurus albigularis
170 Red-faced Spinetail Cranioleuca erythrops
171 Ochre-breasted Antpitta Grallaricula flavirostris
172 Scaled Antpitta Grallaria guatimalensis
173 Immaculate Antbird Myrmeciza immaculata
174 Slaty Antwren Myrmotherula schisticolor
175 Plain Antvireo Dysithamnus mentalis
176 Slaty Spinetail Synallaxis brachyura
177 Silvery-fronted Tapaculo Scytalopus argentifrons
178 Zeledonia Zeledonia coronata
179 Long-tailed Manakin Chiroxiphia linearis
180 Barred Becard Pachyramphus versicolor
181 Black-and-white Becard Pachyramphus albogriseus
182 Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
183 Lovely Cotinga Cotinga amabilis
184 Sharpbill Oxyruncus cristatus
185 Three-wattled Bellbird Procnias tricarunculata
186 Bare-necked Umbrellabird Cephalopterus glabricollis
187 Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
188 Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
189 Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana
190 Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus
191 Piratic Flycatcher Legatus leucophaius
192 Golden-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes hemichrysus
193 Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris
194 Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes maculatus
195 Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarhynchus pitangua
196 Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulfuratus
197 Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
198 Gray-capped Flycatcher Myiozetetes granadensis
199 Great-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
200 Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
201 Torrent Tyrannulet Serpophaga cinerea
202 Dark Pewee Contopus lugubris
203 Olive sided Flycatcher Contopus borealis
204 Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
205 Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus
206 Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
207 Tropical Pewee Contopus cinereus
208 Tufted Flycatcher Mitrephanes phaeocercus
209 Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens
210 White-throated Flycatcher Empidonax albigularis
211 Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
212 Willow Flycatcher Empidonax trailli
213 Black-capped Flycatcher Empidonax atriceps
214 Yellowish Flycatcher Empidonax flavescens
215 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
216 Olive-striped Flycatcher Mionectes olivaceus
217 Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus
218 White-throated Spadebill Platirhinchus mystaceus
219 Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant Lophotriccus pileatus
220 Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
221 Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum nigriceps
222 Paltry Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus
223 Zeledon’s Tyrannulet Phyllomyias zeledoni
224 Eye-ringed Flatbill Rhynchocyclus brevirostris
225 Mountain Elaenia Elaenia frantzii
226 Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
227 Banded-backed Wren Campylorhynchus zonatus
228 Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
229 White-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucosticta
230 Plain Wren Thryothorus modestus
231 House Wren Troglodytes aedon
232 Ochraceous Wren Troglodytes ochraceus
233 Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus fuscater
234 Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus gracilirostris
235 Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus aurantiirostris
236 Ruddy-capped Nightingale-thrush Catharus frantzii
237 Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
238 Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
239 Mountain Robin Turdus plebejus
240 Sooty Robin Turdus nigrescens
241 Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
242 White-throated Robin Turdus assimilis
243 Black-and-yellow Silky-Flycatcher Phainoptila melanoxantha
244 American Dipper Cinclus mexicanus
245 Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
246 Black-faced Solitaire Myadestes melanops
247 Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
248 Long-tailed Silky-Flycathcher Ptilogonys caudatus
249 Azure-hooded Jay Cyanolyca cuculata
250 Brown Jay Cyanocorax morio
251 Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclahis gujanensis
252 Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
253 Yellow-green Vireo Vireo flavoviridis
254 Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
255 Blue-headed vireo Vireo solitarius
256 Yellow-winged Vireo Vireo carmioli
257 Brown-capped Vireo Vireo leucophrys
258 Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus
259 Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons
260 Black-cheeked Warbler Basileuterus melanogenys
261 Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus
262 Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus
263 Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina
264 Bananaquit Coereba flaviola
265 Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea
266 Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi
267 Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
268 Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora pinus
269 Flame-throated Warbler Parula gutturalis
270 Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca
271 Bay-breasted Warbler Dendroica castanea
272 American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
273 Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
274 Prothonotary Warbler Prothonotaria citrea
275 Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
276 Wilson’s Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
277 Collared Whitestart Myoborus torquatus
278 Slate-throated Whitestart Myoborus miniatus
279 Canada Warbler Wilsonia canadensis
280 Olive-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis semiflava
281 Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Geothlypis poliocephala
282 Mourning Warbler Oporornis philadelphia
283 Kentucky Warbler Oporornis formosus
284 Macgillivray’s Warbler Oporornis tolmiei
285 Black-throated Blue-Warbler Dendroica caerulescens
286 Cerulean Warbler Dendroica cerulea
287 Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica
288 Townsend’s Warbler Dendroica townsendi
289 Black-throated Green-Warbler Dendroica virens
290 Lousiana Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla
291 Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
292 Northern Oriole Icterus galbulla
293 Montezuma Oropendola Psarocolius montezuma
294 Chestnut-headed Oropendola Psarocolius wagleri
295 Yellow-billed Cacique Amblycercus holosericeus
296 Bronzed Cowbird Molothus aeneus
297 Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
298 Tawny-capped Euphonia Euphonia anneae
299 Blue-hooded Euphonia Euphonia elegantissima
300 Golden-browed Chlorophonia Chlorophonia callophrys
301 Common Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus ophtalmicus
302 Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus pileatus
303 Scarlet-thighed Dacnis Dacnis venusta
304 Silver-throated Tanager Tangara icterocephala
305 Spangled-cheeked Tanager Tangara dowii
306 Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
307 Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
308 Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava
309 White-winged Tanager Piranga leucoptera
310 Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata
311 Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
312 Grayish Saltator Saltator coerulescens
313 Black-thighed Grosbeak Pheucticus tibialis
314 Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
315 Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
316 White-naped Brush-Finch Atlapetes gutturalis
317 Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Atlapetes brunneinucha
318 White-eared Ground-Sparrow Melozone leucotis
319 Large-footed Finch Pezopetes capitalis
320 Sooty-faced Finch Lysurus crassirostrus
321 Yellow-thighed Finch Pselliophorus tibialis
322 Variable Seedeater Sporophila aurita
323 Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea
324 Blue-black Grassquit Volatinia jacarina
325 Slaty Flowerpiercer Diglossa plumbea
326 Blue Seedeater Amaurospiza concolor
327 Peg-billed Finch Acanthidops baidii
328 Slaty Finch Haplospiza rustica
329 Yellow -bellied Siskin Carduelis xanthogastra
330 Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
331Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna