“If you combine all the birds species found in the United States and Canada and put them into an area the size of the West Virginia, that is what birding is like in Costa Rica.” says environmental consultant, wildlife biologist, avid birder and National Geographic photo instructor, Willy Alfaro.
There are over 900 bird species identified in Costa Rica. Many are considered rare and exotic and can be found in an incredible array of habitats and microsystems that make this land bridge between the Americas so rich in bird life. Many visitors travel to Costa Rica to catch a glimpse of the fascinating Resplendent Quetzal which is definitely the “WOW” factor bird here.
Featured birds include:
Rufus Vented Ground Cuckoo
Tanager: scarlet rumped, speckled, blue gray, palm, silver throated
Ornate Hawk Eagle
Falcon: laughing, collared forest
Honeycreeper: red legged, green, shining
Parrot: white fronted, brown hooded
Parakeet: crimson fronted, orange fronted
Heron: tiger, boat billed
Black Bellied Whistling Ducks
Black Cheeked Woodpecker
Rufous Tailed Hummingbird
Clay Colored Thrush
Macaw: scarlet, great green
Gray Headed Chachalaca
Yellow Crowned Euphonia
Oropendula: montezuma, chestnut headed
Aracari: fiery billed, collard
Toucan: black mandibled, keel billed
Northern Emerald Toucanet
REVIEW: Midwest Book Review, The Library DVD Shelf
The sixth program in the "Discoveries Costa Rica" DVD series of beautiful video essays, Birds - Quetzals to Cuckoos is a captivating documentary showcasing rare, exotic, and striking birds native to Costa Rica. Since Costa Rica has over 900 bird species, only a fraction of its avian diversity can be portrayed in a single program, yet here are the honeycreeper, the rufous tailed hummingbird, the black vulture, the northern emerald toucanet, and much more. Birds - Quetzals to Cuckoos is the next best thing to personally visiting Costa Rica on a birdwatching expedition, and highly recommended for both avian aficionados and public library DVD collections. 63 min.