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Grab your binoculars: In Costa Rica, It’s Christmas Bird Count season!

Prior to the 20th century, many North Americans participated in a Christmas Day tradition known as a Side Hunt, in which they ventured into the countryside...

Bird Watching for Peace in Colombia

As a bird perches on a telegraph pole, two young girls are deep in consultation -- is it "Tyrannus melancholicus" or perhaps "Pyrocephalus rubinus?" The...

Why Birds and Birders in Costa Rica Flock to Monteverde

What makes Monteverde a must-stop on almost every birding tour of Costa Rica? To paraphrase the real estate experts: habitat, habitat, habitat. Along with...

Pic of the Day: White-throated magpie-jay

The white-throated magpie-jay is easy to spot (and hear) in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica launches plan to attract bird-watching tourists

There are 925 species of birds in Costa Rica, representing almost 10 percent of the species in the world, and tourism officials are hoping to cash in on the rising market of tourists interested in watching them.

Costa Rica quetzal quest pays off with dramatic sighting

The resplendent quetzal is supposed to be hard to spot in Costa Rica — until one flies so close it makes your heart pound.

Lapa Ríos: Luxury in the jungle, with unbeatable rooms and birding, if unpredictable food

Lapa Ríos was one of the first and is still among the best of the ecolodges in the Osa, if not in all of Costa Rica.

Carara National Park: Birds galore, easy access

Carara National Park, a little over an hour from San José, offers some of the best bird-watching in Costa Rica.

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