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Where can you see hummingbirds in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is lucky to be the home to more than 50 species of hummingbirds. Most bird watchers and bird photographers get very excited about having the chance to see and photograph these lovely tiny birds. If you want to see the most beautiful hummingbirds in Costa Rica feel free to check out our birding tours here

Here are some of the top places to see hummingbirds in Costa Rica.

  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens – La Paz has recorded 26 species (50% of all the species in Costa Rica) at their famed hummingbird garden. Guests can stand just inches from the feeders and become immersed in the zipping and zooming of the hummingbirds. Some of the top species include the Magenta-throated Woodstar, Green Thorntail, Scintillant Hummingbird (the smallest in Costa Rica), and the Black-Bellied Hummingbird.
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve – As you enter the reserve, visit the hummingbird feeders around the entrance and gift shop. Guests are in for a treat as 20 different species visit the feeders here. Look out for the Violet Sabrewing, the largest hummingbird in Costa Rica, Long-billed Hermit, Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, and the Steely-vented hummingbird, to name a few.
  • Rancho Naturalista – Rancho Naturalista is known for being the easiest place to see the gorgeous Snow capped Hummingbird. Explore the verbena gardens to find this hummingbird plus the Cinnamon Hummingbird, the Green Breasted Mango, and the Brown-Violet ear.

Costa Rica has two endemic species of Hummingbirds. The Coppery-Headed Emerald and the Mangrove Hummingbird. To find the Copper-Headed Emerald, visit Monteverde, Braulio Carillo National Park, or the wonderful Cinchona Feeders.

To find the Mangrove Hummingbird, best to visit the Tarcoles River Estuary in the Central Pacific.

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