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5 Mega Birds Easier to See in Costa Rica

There's more than 10,000 species of birds, maybe even 11,000 species. Literally hundreds are fantastic birds with colorful patterns and exotic looks that beg to be photographed. So many birds and yet, by merit of appearance, rarity, and other factors, some still stand above the rest. Those special species are the "Megas", the birds some people hope to see the most. With a bird list of more than 900 species, it should come as no surprise that Costa Rica has its fair share of Mega birds. The five following Megas are easier to see in Costa Rica than other places.

Maroon-chested Ground-Dove

This small dove has a wide range and yet few birders get to see it. Shy, local, and possibly nomadic, this beautiful dove prefers to stay under cover. Fortunately, in Costa Rica, we know of places where this near mythical species is far easier to see and take pictures of than other parts of its range.

Great Green Macaw

Sadly, the fantastic Great Green Macaw has become critically endangered. Habitat destruction and other unknown factors have caused it to decline in most parts of its range. On a bright note, thanks to protection, one place where it seems to be doing well is Costa Rica. Take a birding tour in Costa Rica and you have a very good chance of seeing this amazing bird in action.

Resplendent Quetzal

This incredible world bird occurs in cloud forest from southern Mexico to western Panama but in terms of access and chances to see it, Costa Rica is a very good choice. Healthy populations of quetzals occur in many parts of the country and local guides keep track of feeding and nesting areas. Some will say there is a quetzal season but actually, the best local guides in Costa Rica know where to see and photograph this unbelievable bird all year long.