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Birding in Costa Rica: 5 More Common Birds of San José

Following up on an earlier post, here I take a look at five more birds that are common in the trees, telephone wires, rooftops, and...

Costa Rica Birding: 5 Common Birds Found in San José

Despite the best efforts of many a telescope-wielding nature guide, I fell in love with birds while sitting at my desk in San José,...

Costa Rica Wildlife: 6 You Might Have Never Seen

The jungle can be a scary place, and even for some of the fiercest of Costa Rica’s creatures, sometimes the best defense is just...

Costa Rica Wild Myths and Animal Legends

Long before hordes of tourists and biologists began flocking to Costa Rica for its amazing biodiversity, the country’s native people became the area’s first wildlife experts.

Only in Costa Rica: The Zombie Wasp that gives Alien Spiders Nightmares

Found only in Costa Rica, the Hymenoepimecis argyra parasite wasp doesn't just kill orb spiders. It also takes over the spiders' minds and forces them to do its bidding.

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...

The Secret Lives of Leaf-Cutting Ants in Costa Rica

When looking for wildlife in Costa Rica it’s easy to become fixated on the unusual mammals and vibrant birds, but one of the country’s most complex creatures lies underfoot.

How 6 Exotic Animals in Costa Rica Got Their Names

The Spanish or indigenous American terms for these creatures are nothing short of fascinating. Here's a glimpse at the amazing lexicon that’s been created for Costa Rica’s wide array of creatures.

Costa Rica’s million-raptor watch site

One of the most spectacular wildlife displays on the planet is happening in the skies over Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast right now: fall raptor migration and the formation of a "river of raptors." And thanks to a geographic bottleneck, one of the best places in the world to witness it is the Kèköldi indigenous territory on Costa Rica's southern Caribbean coast.

Rufous tree rat spotted in Costa Rica, country’s 250th mammal

A rufous tree rat (Diplomas labilis) was spotted for the first time in Costa Rica, bringing the country's list of live mammals to 250.

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