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The Top 10 Milestone Birds in Costa Rica


How about a moon-walking Red-capped Manakin?


Birding in Costa Rica can be more than seeing and getting pictures of 100s of beautiful bids. At Lifer Tours, we always love doing that (!) but we also love to create custom trips that help our clients connect with target species. These are the birds that folks want to see or photograph more than others, sometimes, birds they have wanted to connect with for their entire lives. These special species are milestone birds and the following 10 are the most popular.


Wrenthrush

Typical Wrenthrush habitat.


Is it a wren? No. How about a thrush? Not in that family either! Itwas thought that this odd highland endemic was an aberrant wood-warbler until ornithologists decided it was better off in its very own family. This distinction makes the Wrenthrush one of the most unique birds in Central America and thus coveted by birders hoping to see at least one species from every avian family. This skulker isn't always easy to see and they only occur in cloud forests of Costa Rica and western Panama but we know how to find them.


Resplendent Quetzal

For most birders, this most spectacular of birds is a major milestone species. Fortunately, we know some very good places to see and photograph quetzals in Costa Rica.