Birding in Toucan Valley

Submitted by user on Tue, 08/03/2021 - 18:45
A Scarlet Mcaw eats

The village is surrounded by over 700 acres of primary rainforest. The birding here is primarily edge birding, which is among the most productive birding habitats anywhere.

Birding at Toucan Valley can be amazingly easy. My husband and I have seen over 100 species without even leaving our deck. However, there are several habitat types within the village: forest edge, disturbed scrubland, community vegetable garden, tended ornamental gardens and fruit forest. Each habitat has its characteristic birds, and you can increase your list by moving around.

Naturally, not everything is here all of the time. When you look at the bird list, many of the species will be very familiar to you if you are a North American birder. These are your breeding birds. They winter here or transit through here to go even further south to winter. But a Summer Tanager or a Baltimore Oriole is beautiful, no matter where you see it.

We recommend that you invest in a good field guide to the Birds of Costa Rica. The one by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean has served us well. It is a Zona Tropical Publication and is available is both English and Spanish. You can find it on as well as other sellers of bird books. You can also find it for sale here in Costa Rica.

Birding in Costa Rica is strongly influenced by the great variety of elevations Costa Rica has. Near to us, we recommend a guided boat trip on the Sierpe River. There you will see lots of lowland birds including waders that aren’t on this list at all. Herons (including Boat-billed) Egrets, and Tiger-Herons. Also at lower elevations you may see easily some species that are much rarer in the village. Scarlet Macaw is a ready example.


Thank you to Sandie Guthans Villa 26. For writing the TV bird guide.