Costa Rica Travel Guide 4K, Costa Rica Vacation & Tourism, Costa Rica Travel Vlog 2017 4K
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Costa Rica is a small country in Central America bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east.
Wildlife – Costa Rica is world famous for having an incredibly high level of biodiversity throughout its tropical forests (this covers what you may hear referred to as rain forests, cloud forests, and dry forests). There are tropical mammals such as monkeys, sloths, tapirs, and wild cats as well as an amazing assortment of insects and other animals. There are many many birds (both migratory and resident) – more on that below. With 25% of the country being national parks and protected areas, there are still many places you can go to see the abundant wildlife and lush vegetation of the country. Just like anywhere, the farther you get off the beaten path, the more likely you are to see a wide variety of flora and fauna.
There is such biodiversity in Costa Rica not only because it’s a land bridge between North and South America, but also because the terrain is so varied and there are weather patterns moving in from both the Pacific and Atlantic/Caribbean. There are impressive volcanoes, mountain areas, rivers, lakes, and beaches all throughout the country. There are many beautiful beaches – most of the popular ones are on the Pacific side but the Caribbean has many excellent beaches as well.
Bird Watching – One of the most wonderful activities for people who love nature is bird watching. You can enjoy bird watching in many areas of Costa Rica. Due to the great diversity of climates, temperatures and forest types in Costa Rica, there is a wonderful variety of birds, with over 800 species. Some helpful books available on bird watching are Birds of Costa Rica by F. Gary Stiles and Alexander Skutch (Cornell University Press) or An Illustrated Field Guide to Birds of Costa Rica, illustrated by Victor Esquivel Soto. These books can be found at certain bookstores in San José or before coming to Costa Rica. They are both heavy books; many people tear out the plates of the Stiles & Skutch book to carry into the field and leave the rest of the book in their car or room. Plastic cards with the most common birds are available for many areas and are sold at gift shops.
Costa Rica’s list of birds includes:
16 species of parrots including the fabulous scarlet macaw.
50 species of hummingbirds.
10 species of trogons with the resplendent quetzal as the jewel.
6 species of toucans, including the keel-billed and chestnut-mandibled.
Half the bird species in Costa Rica are passerines including warblers, sparrows and finches.
16 species of ducks, including the fulvous whistling, white-faced ruddy and American wigeon.
13 species of falcons, including the peregrine falcon, merlin and American kestrel.
36 species of prey, including the gray hawk, swallow-tailed kite, solitary eagle and northern harrier.
6 species of cracidae which look like turkeys.
8 species of new world quails.
15 species of rallideas including the rufous-necked wood-rail, American coot and ruddy crake.
19 species of owls including the black-and-white, Costa Rican pygmy, central American pygmy and striped.
3 species of potoos including the great, northern and common.
16 species of woodpeckers, including cinnamon, chestnut-colored and pale-billed.
The coastal list of birds includes:
19 species of herons & wading birds such as the great blue heron, great egret, boat-billed heron, reddish egret and yellow-crowned night-heron.
2 species of recurvirostridae which are waders and include the black-necked stilt and American avocet.
2 species of jacanas including the northern and wattled.
34 species of scolopacidae including the short-billed dowitcher, spotted sandpiper, wandering tattler, surfbird, and red phalarope.
9 species of gulls including the gray, Heermann’s and ring-billed.
14 species of sternidae (terns) including the gull-billed tern, Forster’s tern, least tern and white tern.
4 species of vultures including the king vulture.
24 species of doves and pigeons.
11 species of swifts including the black, spot-fronted and Costa Rican.
6 species of kingfishers including the green, Amazon and American pygmy.
5 species of threskiornithidaes including the roseate spoonbill and white-faced ibis.
2 species of ciconiidae including the wood stork and jabiru.