Welcome to bird paradise!

Costa Rica has become a favourite destination for naturalists and bird watchers in particular.

Actually, this small country of only 51,100 Km2 hosts up to 876 species, of which 600 are residents, therefore drawing birdwatchers from around the world.

In Costa Rica, there is some for everybody, from the already familiar to these neo-tropical species to the one looking to discover these creatures in their natural habitats for the first time.

Costa Rica birdwatching boasts: 876 species, 64 families, 6 endemics, 64 endemics shared with neighboring Panama, 16 of the 21 endemics of Central America.

The particular geography of the country, squeezed between 2 oceans (Atlantic & Pacific) and with 2 mountain ranges occupying half of the territory (culminating at 3820 mts), explains such diversity.

Located in the Central American isthmus, Costa Rica constitutes the limits of distribution of species of respectively South America and North America, as well as a temporary home and passage way for migrants.

And in a full-day, one can easily count one hundred of birds, of which the very localized :

  • Tody Motmot
  • Keel-billed Motmot
  • Bear-necked umbrella bird
  • Yellow-eared toucanet
  • Great curassow
  • Three-wattled bellbird
  • Dull-mantled ant bird
  • Lattice-tailed trogon
  • Purplish-backed quail-dove
  • Brown-hooded parrot
  • Coppery-headed emerald
  • White-collared manakin
  • White-ruffed manakin
  • Green Shrike vireo
  • Ruffous-winged tanager

The Tenorio and Miravalles Volcanoes Region

The lodge was built in harmony with nature!

Celeste Mountain Lodge is located on the slopes of the Tenorio Volcano, bordering the new boundaries of the Tenorio Volcano National Park (12,000 hectares) and this in the heart of the Tenorio-Miravalles Biological Corridor, which connects Lake Nicaragua in the north to the Tempisque Delta (Costa Rica) in the south.

This micro-region is under the climatic influence of the Caribbean side, at an altitude varying from 350 metres to 1916 mts (Tenorio) or 2020 mts (Miravalles).

Nevertheless, less than 20 km away is the climatic barrier with the Pacific offering, through this exposure, semi-humid to dry forests. All these nearby surrounding environments are another explanation for the very high local bird diversity.

Celeste Mountain Lodge is perched at 800 metres and has its own private reserve of transitional transitional to cloudy primary forest. At Celeste Mountain Lodge, over a year and between migrants and residents, can be observed up to 300 species!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Jean-Jacques Gozard, Amazilia Tours, San Jose, Costa Rica

Richard Garrigues, author of the highly respected guide « The Birds of Costa Rica », San Jose, Costa Rica

Charlie Gómez, Diego Blanco & Marco Morales “Niño”, Costa Rica Expeditions

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