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The Republic of Costa Rica is located in Central America. Costa Rica is unique because of the incredibly beautiful nature. In the north it is bordered by Nicaragua and in the south by Panama. The west coast lies on the Pacific Ocean and the east coast on the Caribbean Sea with beautiful quiet beaches. It is a small country that has an impressive biodiversity.

In the hills and lowlands on both sides of the central mountain range are the rain forests where the flora and fauna flourish.

In the higher forested areas are the cloud forests, because they are often shrouded in fog and mist, and there the vegetation is so exuberant that you really think you are in a jungle.

The forests are among the last strongholds of biodiversity on earth. From the thousands of trees you can hear the birds singing at sunrise. Costa Rica has around 865 species of birds and 75 birds of prey species.

There are a number of national parks and reserves that everyone can visit.

A popular expression in Costa Rica is PURA VIDA. It means 'the pure life' and that is certainly the case in this beautiful country.


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Agami Heron Agamia agamia
Amazon Kingfisher Chloceryle amazona
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
Bananaquit Coereba flaveda
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma mexicanum
Barn-Owl Tyto alba
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
Black Vulture Coracyps atratus
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
Black-bellied Nightingale Catharus gracilirostris
Black-capped Flycatcher Empidonax atriceps
Black-crown Tityra Tityra inquisitor
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
Black-striped Sparrow Arremonops conirostris
Blue Dacnis Dacnis cayana
Blue-and-White Swallow Notiochelidon cyanoleuca
Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
Boat-billed Heron Cochlearius cochlearius
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
Brown Jay Psilorhinus morio
Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
Cherrie'sTanager Ramphocelus costaricensis
Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica
Clay-coloured Thrush Turdus grayi
Collared Redstart Myioborus torquatus
Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
Double-toothed Hawk Harpagus bidentatus
Cherrie's Tanager male Ramphocelus costaricensis
Fiery-billed Aracari Pteroglossus frantzii
Fiery-throated Hummingbird Panterpe insignis
Flame-colored Tanager Piranga bidentata
Golden-browed Chlorophonia Chlorophonia callophrys
Golden-hooded Tanager Tangare larvata
Golden-naped Woodpecker Melanerpes chrysauchen
Grey-necked Woodrail Aramides cajanea
Great Crested Flycatcher Miyarchus crinitus
Great Curassow Crax rubra
Great Egret Ardea alba
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza
Green Honeycreeper Chlorophanes spiza
Grey-headed Chachalaca Ortalis cinereiceps
Hoffmann's Woodpecker Melanerpes hofmannii
Large-footed Finch Pezopetes capitalis
Laughing Falcon Herpetotheres cachinnans
Lesser Violetear Colibri cyanotus
Lesson's Motmot Momotus lessonii
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata
Montezuma Oropendula Psarocolius montezuma
Mountain Thrush Turdus plebejus
Nicaraguan Crackle Quiscalus nicaraguensis
Northern Schiffornis Schiffornis varaepacis
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher Mionectes oleagineus
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
Pale-billed Woodpecker Campephilus guatemalensis
Palm Tanager Thraupis palmarum
Passerini's Tanager Ramphocelus passerinii
Plain-brested Ground-Dove Columbina minuta
Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea
Purple Gallinule immature Porphyrio martinica
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica
Purple-crowned Fairy Heliothryx barroti
Red-legged Honey Creeper Cyanerpes cyaneus
Red-legged Honey Creeper female Cyanerpes cyaneus
Red-throated Ant-Tanager Habia fuscicauda
Riverside Wren Thryothorus semibadius
Roadside Hawk Rupornis magnirostris
Ruddy Ground-Dove Columbina talpacoti
Rufous-collared sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacat
Rufous-winged Woodpecker Piculus simplex
Scaled pigeon Patagioenas speciosa
Silver-throated Tanager Tangara icterocephala
Slaty Flowerpiercer Diglossa plumbea
Slaty-tailed Trogon Trogon massena
Sooty Thrush Turdus nigrescens
Sooty-capped Chlorospingus Chlorospingus pileatus
Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
Speckled Tanager Ixotraupis guttata
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
Streak-headed Woodcreeper Lepidocalaptes souleyetii
Streaked Flycatcher Myiodynastes masculatus
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird Eupherusa eximia
Striped-throated Hermit Phaethornis striigularis
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
Talamanca Hummingbird Eugenes spectabilis
Scintillant Hummingbird Selasphorus scintilla
Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis gutturalis
Thick-billed Euphonia Euphonia laniirostris
Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Violet-headed Hummingbird Klais guimeti
Volcano Hummingbird Selasphorus flammula
Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
White Ibis Eudocimus albus
White-crowned Parrot Pionus senilis
White-lined Tanager Tachiphonus rufus
White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla
Yellow-crowned Euphonia Euphonia luteicapilla
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron immature Nyctanassa violacea
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
Yellow-thighed Finch Pselliophorus tibialis
Yellow-throated Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus
Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum
Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens
Grayish Saltator Saltator coelurescens
Green-crowned Woodnimph Thalurania colombica fannyi
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Yellow-billed Seedeater Sporophila nigricollis
Ruddy Pigeon Patagioenas subvincea
Green-crowned Brilliant Heliodoxa jacula
Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper Glyphorynchus spirurus
Lineated Woodpecker Dryocopus lineatus
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher Myiodynastes luteiventris
Crowned Woodnympf Thalurania colombica
Eastern Wood-Peewee Contopus virens
Red-capped Manakin Ceratopipra mentalis
Gartered Trogon Trogon caligatus
Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
Shining Honeycreeper Gyannerpes Lucidus
Spot-crowned Euphonia Euphonia imitans
Olive-backed Euphonia Euphonia gouldi
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis Dacnis venusta
White-ruffed Manakin Corapipo altera
Blue-crowned Manakin Lepitdothrix coronata
Brown-headed Parrot Pyrilia haematotis
Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivaceus
Garden Emerald Clorostilbon assimilis
Orange-collared Manakin Manacus aurantiacus
Gray-capped Flycatcher Myiozetetes granadensis
Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae
White Hawk Pseudastur albicollis
Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola
Nothern Emerald-Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus
Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
Brown Violetear Colibri delphinae
White-tailed Emerald Elvira chionura
Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus
White-naped Brushfinch Atlapetes albinucha
Sulphur-winged Parakeet Pyrrhura hoffmanni
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia edward
Red-headed Barbet Eubucco bourcierrii
Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
Chestnut-headed Oropendola Psarocolius wagleri
Yellow Warbler Sethophaga petechia
Tropical Gnatcatcher Polioptila plumbea
Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
White-winged Becard Pachyramphus polychopterus
Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus
Purple-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis calolaemus
White-shouldered Tanager Tachyphonus luctuosus
Long-billed Hermit Phaethornis longirostris
Black-and-yellow Silky-flycather Phainoptila melanoxantha
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher Ptiliogonys caudatus
Magenta-throated Woodstar Calliphlox bryantae
Chestnut-capped Brush-finch Arremon brunneinucha
Short-tailded Hawk Buteo brachyurus
Red-crowned Woodpecker Melanerpes rubricapillus
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
Black-banded Woodcreeper Dendrocolaptes picumnus
Variable Seedeater Sporophila corvina
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myarchus tuberculifer
Nutting´s Flycatcher Myarchus nuttingi
Resplendent Quetzal Pharomachrus moccino
Flame-throated Warbler Oreothlypis guttaralis
Black-cheeked Warbler Basileuterus melanogenys
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
White-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis castaneoventris
Gray-headed Kite Leptodon cayanensis
Olivaceous Piculet Picumnus olivaceus
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
Yellow-winged Vireo Vireo carmioli
Spotted Wood-Quail Odontophorus guttatus