17 Most Beautiful Birds in Costa Rica

Whether you decide to book a nature tour to see the best birds of Costa Rica or venture off on your own avian treasure hunt, you’re bound to be captivated by Costa Rica’s feathery friends.

Photo: Richard Patterson

Here, you’ll find what you need to know about birdwatching in Costa Rica. To get you excited, we’ve also put together this list of 17 beautiful birds of Costa Rica.

Resplendent Quetzal

The Resplendent Quetzal is one of the most beautiful birds in the world. The quetzal’s defining characteristics are its iridescent green-blue body, vibrant red breast and lustrous long tail.



Keel-Billed Toucan

One f the six species of toucan you can find in Costa Rica, the Keel-Billed is the most popular. With its oversized rainbow beak, bright yellow chest and blue feet, there’s no mistaking it.


Scarlet Macaw

Characterized by the scarlet red that stretches from their head down their back, the white face mask and sapphire blue wings, macaws are on every bird lover’s list of favorites.

Photo: Wikimedia, Charles Haynes


Blue-Crowned Motmot

The most charming feature of the motmot is their thin long tail that ends in two racket-shaped feathers.


Fiery-Throated Hummingbird

When you catch it in the right light, you’ll see that its throat and breast feathers include every color of the rainbow – the only type of hummingbird that can boast this feature!


Bay-Headed Tanager

The color block pattern of the Bay-Headed Tanager is quite distinct. With a red head, green wings and blue underbelly, this little songbird is a fun find!

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