Birding in Costa Rica

Did you know that Costa Rica is home to some of the most diverse wildlife in the world, including hundreds of species of birds? In fact, Costa Rica is often referred to as the “birder’s paradise.” Here in Vara Blanca and surrounding areas, we are surrounded by dozens of different bird species. Some of our most common residents are rufous-collared sparrows and clay-colored robins. However, this area is also home to some more extravagant birds, including the black guan and resplendent quetzal.

Some of the best birding areas include the Restaurante Tiquicia in Vara Blanca and the ADE Center in San Rafael. Arrive early in the morning at either location and watch flocks of parrots and parakeets fly by on their daily migrations. Another great option for birding is the ADE farm, where quetzals can be spotted at the edge of the forest during their April-May breeding season. Come at dusk to watch these dazzling birds as they make their way back to their nests. While at the ADE farm at any time of day, you may also see members of a resident flock of blue and white swallows flying around. Watch as they swoop and sally for insects, showcasing their incredible maneuverability and teamwork.

At ADE we believe in the inherent value of nature. Therefore, we do what we can to be good stewards of and to showcase the environment in which we live. Many people come from all over the world to see some of Costa Rica’s finest birds. Visit ADE and come see for yourself.


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