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June 12, 2018

Costa Rica Birding

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Monteverde Costa Rica

Yesterday I arrived up in the mountains at Monteverde after a two hour bus ride going up hill and down dale. It is a very touristy town but it is well worth it for the birds. I organized a birding trip with a guide called Freddy. (See his details below) He picked me up at 6am and we headed up the hill in his 4×4. First stop was near some bird sanctuary and we just walked around the scrub around the area.

Gray-headed Chachalaca
Gray-headed Chachalaca (Ortalis cinereiceps)

This is one of the other Chachalacas. I have previously seen the Plain variety.

Rufous-and-white Wren
Rufous-and-white Wren (Thryophiluss rufalbus)

A very nice looking wren.

Band-tailed Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata)

The Band-tailed Pigeon and the Red-billed Pigeon are pretty closely related.

Red-billed Pigeon
Red-billed Pigeon (Patagioenas flavirostris)

White-eared Ground-sparrow
White-eared Ground-sparrow (Melozone leucotis)

I did not even know this one existed before I saw it.

Hoffman's Woodpecker
Hoffman’s Woodpecker (Melanerpes hoffmannii)

It looks very similar to the Golden-fronted Woodpecker.

Turquoise-browed Motmot
Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa)

He has got a bee or something. It is a very moody shot.

White-fronted Parrot
White-fronted Parrot (Amazona albifrons)

This guy looks a bit loco.

Here are the details for the guide that I used. I highly recommend him.

Guide: Freddy Mejias, Monteverde, Costa Rica.
Phone: (506) 2645-5130 / 8390-8474

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