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Birding Highlights of Costa Rica – Birding Trip Report, June 2019

by | Sep 15, 2019

Tour Date: June 5 – 15, 2019
Species Count: 285
Naturalist Guide: Rudy Zamora

Wai Wah Kwan
Alfred Lam
Theresa KP Leung
Joanna Lam
Yeung Bing Chung

Locations:

Central Valley (Hotel Bougainvillea), La Paz Waterfall Gardens, La Selva Biological Station, La Fortuna (Arenal Observatory Lodge, Sky Walk), Central Pacific (Carara National Park, Tarcoles River, Hotel Villa Lapas), Talamanca Highlands (Savegre Lodge, Paramo)

Status:

R=resident

RR=resident uncertain

M = Migrant

SC=Without voucher

 

 

M$=Migrant (status uncertain)

A=Accidental

END=Endemic

Order

Family

Name in English

Taxonomy

Status

Tinamiformes

     
 

Tinamidae (5)

     
 

O

Great Tinamou

Tinamus majorO

R

   

Slaty-breasted Tinamou

Crypturellus boucardi

R

Anseriformes

     
 

Anatidae (21)

     
   

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Dendrocygna autumnalis

R

   

Muscovy Duck

Cairina moschata

R

Galliformes

     
 

Cracidae (5)

     
   

Gray-headed Chachalaca

Ortalis cinereiceps

R

   

Crested Guan

Penelope purpurascens

R

   

Black Guan

Chamaepetes unicolor

R-END

   

Great Curassow

Crax rubra

R

Podicipediformes

     
 

Podicipedidae (3)

     
   

Least Grebe

Tachybaptus dominicus

R

Columbiformes

     
 

Columbidae (27)

     
   

Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

R

   

Pale-vented Pigeon

Patagioenas cayennensis

R

   

Red-billed Pigeon

Patagioenas flavirostris

R

   

Band-tailed Pigeon

Patagioenas fasciata

R

   

Short-billed Pigeon

Patagioenas nigrirostris

R

   

Inca Dove

Columbina inca

R

   

Common Ground-Dove

Columbina passerina

R

   

Ruddy Ground-Dove

Columbina talpacoti

R

   

Violaceous Quail-Dove

Geotrygon violacea

R

   

White-tipped Dove

Leptotila verreauxi

R

   

Gray-chested Dove

Leptotila cassinii

R

   

Gray-headed Dove

Leptotila plumbeiceps

R

   

Buff-fronted Quail-Dove

Zentrygon costaricensis

R-END

   

White-winged Dove

Zenaida asiatica

R, M

Cuculiformes

     
 

Cuculidae (12)

     
   

Squirrel Cuckoo

Piaya cayana

R

   

Groove-billed Ani

Crotophaga sulcirostris

R

Caprimulgiformes

     
 

Caprimulgidae (10)

   
   

Lesser Nighthawk

Chordeiles acutipennis

R, M

   

Common Pauraque

Nyctidromus albicollis

R

Nyctibiiformes

     
 

Nyctibiidae (3)

     
   

Great Potoo

Nyctibius grandis

R

Apodiformes

     
 

Apodidae (11)

     
   

White-collared Swift

Streptoprocne zonaris

R

   

Vaux’s Swift

Chaetura vauxi

R

   

Gray-rumped Swift

Chaetura cinereiventris

R

   

Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift

Panyptila cayennensis

R

 

Trochilidae (52)

     
   

Green Hermit

Phaethornis guy

R

   

Stripe-throated Hermit

Phaethornis striigularis

R

   

Brown Violetear

Colibri delphinae

R

   

Lesser Violetear

Colibri cyanotus

R

   

Purple-crowned Fairy

Heliothryx barroti

R

   

Green Thorntail

Discosura conversii

R

   

Rufous-crested Coquette

Lophornis delattrei

A

   

Black-crested Coquette

Lophornis helenae

R

   

White-crested Coquette

Lophornis adorabilis

R-END

   

Green-crowned Brilliant

Heliodoxa jacula

R

   

Talamanca Hummingbird

Eugenes spectabilis

R-END

   

Fiery-throated Hummingbird

Panterpe insignis

R-END

   

Purple-throated Mountain-gem

Lampornis calolaemus

R-END

   

White-throated Mountain-gem

Lampornis castaneoventris

R-END

   

Volcano Hummingbird

Selasphorus flammula

R-END

   

Violet-headed Hummingbird

Klais guimeti

R

   

Scaly-breasted Hummingbird

Phaeochroa cuvierii

R

   

Violet Sabrewing

Campylopterus hemileucurus

R

   

Black-bellied Hummingbird

Eupherusa nigriventris

R-END

   

Coppery-headed Emerald

Elvira cupreiceps

R-END

   

Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer

Chalybura urochrysia

R

   

Crowned Woodnymph

Thalurania colombica

R

   

White-bellied Emerald

Amazilia candida

R?

   

Blue-chested Hummingbird

Amazilia amabilis

R

   

Steely-vented Hummingbird

Amazilia saucerottei

R

   

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Amazilia tzacatl

R

Gruiformes

     
 

Rallidae (17)

     
   

Rufous-necked Wood-Rail

Aramides axillaris

R

   

Russet-naped Wood-Rail

Aramides albiventris

R

   

Gray-cowled Wood-Rail

Aramides cajaneus

R

 

Charadriidae (10)

     
   

Southern Lapwing

Vanellus chilensis

R

   

Killdeer

Charadrius vociferus

R, M

 

Jacanidae (2)

     
   

Northern Jacana

Jacana spinosa

R

 

Scolopacidae (32)

   
   

Willet

Tringa semipalmata

M

Ciconiiformes

     
 

Ciconiidae (3)

     
   

Wood Stork

Mycteria americana

R, M

Suliformes

     
 

Fregatidae (2)

     
   

Magnificent Frigatebird

Fregata magnificens

R

 

Phalacrocoracidae (1)

   
   

Neotropic Cormorant

Phalacrocorax brasilianus

R

 

Anhingidae (1)

     
   

Anhinga

Anhinga anhinga

R

Pelecaniformes

     
 

Pelecanidae (2)

     
   

Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis

R

 

Ardeidae (20)

     
   

Fasciated Tiger-Heron

Tigrisoma fasciatum

R

   

Bare-throated Tiger-Heron

Tigrisoma mexicanum

R

   

Great Egret

Ardea alba

R, M

   

Snowy Egret

Egretta thula

R, M

   

Little Blue Heron

Egretta caerulea

R, M

   

Tricolored Heron

Egretta tricolor

R, M

   

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

R, M

   

Green Heron

Butorides virescens

R, M

   

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax

R, M

   

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Nyctanassa violacea

R, M

   

Boat-billed Heron

Cochlearius cochlearius

R

 

Threskiornithidae (5)

   
   

White Ibis

Eudocimus albus

R

   

Green Ibis

Mesembrinibis cayennensis

R

   

Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja

R

Cathartiformes

     
 

Cathartidae (4)

     
   

Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus

R

   

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

R, M

Accipitriformes

     
 

Pandionidae (1)

     
   

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

M

 

Accipitridae (39)

     
   

Swallow-tailed Kite

Elanoides forficatus

R, RR, M

   

White-tailed Kite

Elanus leucurus

R

   

Snail Kite

Rostrhamus sociabilis

R

   

Double-toothed Kite

Harpagus bidentatus

R

   

Plumbeous Kite

Ictinia plumbea

RR, M

   

Bicolored Hawk

Accipiter bicolor

R

   

Crane Hawk

Geranospiza caerulescens

R

   

Common Black Hawk

Buteogallus anthracinus

R

   

White Hawk

Pseudastur albicollis

R

   

Semiplumbeous Hawk

Leucopternis semiplumbeus

R

   

Gray Hawk

Buteo plagiatusA

R

   

Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

R, M

Strigiformes

     
 

Strigidae (16)

     
   

Black-and-white Owl

Ciccaba nigrolineata

R

Trogoniformes

     
 

Trogonidae (10)

     
   

Slaty-tailed Trogon

Trogon massena

R

   

Black-headed Trogon

Trogon melanocephalus

R

   

Gartered Trogon

Trogon caligatus

R

   

Collared Trogon

Trogon collaris

R

   

Resplendent Quetzal

Pharomachrus mocinno

R

Coraciiformes

     
 

Momotidae (6)

     
   

Lesson’s Motmot

Momotus lessonii

R

   

Rufous Motmot

Baryphthengus martii

R

   

Broad-billed Motmot

Electron platyrhynchum

R

   

Turquoise-browed Motmot

Eumomota superciliosa

R

 

Alcedinidae (6)

     
   

Ringed Kingfisher

Megaceryle torquatus

R

   

Amazon Kingfisher

Chloroceryle amazona

R

   

Green Kingfisher

Chloroceryle americana

R

   

American Pygmy Kingfisher

Chloroceryle aenea

R

Piciformes

     
 

Bucconidae (5)

     
   

White-whiskered Puffbird

Malacoptila panamensis

R

 

Galbulidae (2)

     
   

Rufous-tailed Jacamar

Galbula ruficauda

R

 

Semnornithidae (1)

   
   

Prong-billed Barbet

Semnornis frantzii

R-END

 

Ramphastidae (6)

     
   

Northern Emerald-Toucanet

Aulacorhynchus prasinus

R

   

Collared Aracari

Pteroglossus torquatus

R

   

Fiery-billed Aracari

Pteroglossus frantzii

R-END

   

Keel-billed Toucan

Ramphastos sulfuratus

R

   

Yellow-throated Toucan

Ramphastos ambiguus

R

 

Picidae (16)

     
   

Acorn Woodpecker

Melanerpes formicivorus

R

   

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Melanerpes pucherani

R

   

Red-crowned Woodpecker

Melanerpes rubricapillus

R

   

Hoffmann’s Woodpecker

Melanerpes hoffmannii

R-END

   

Smoky-brown Woodpecker

Picoides fumigatus

R

   

Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus

R

   

Cinnamon Woodpecker

Celeus loricatus

R

   

Chestnut-colored Woodpecker

Celeus castaneus

R

   

Lineated Woodpecker

Dryocopus lineatus

R

   

Pale-billed Woodpecker

Campephilus guatemalensis

R

Falconiformes

     
 

Falconidae (13)

     
   

Laughing Falcon

Herpetotheres cachinnans

R

   

Crested Caracara

Caracara cheriway

R

   

Yellow-headed Caracara

Milvago chimachima

R

   

Bat Falcon

Falco rufigularis

R

Psittaciformes

     
 

Psittacidae (17)

     
   

Sulphur-winged Parakeet

Pyrrhura hoffmanniA

R-END

   

Olive-throated Parakeet

Eupsittula nanaC

R

   

Great Green Macaw

Ara ambiguus

R

   

Scarlet Macaw

Ara macao

R

   

Crimson-fronted Parakeet

Psittacara finschiO

R-END

   

Orange-chinned Parakeet

Brotogeris jugularis

R

   

Brown-hooded Parrot

Pyrilia haematotis

R

   

White-crowned Parrot

Pionus senilis

R

   

Red-lored Parrot

Amazona autumnalis

R

   

Mealy Parrot

Amazona farinosa

R

Passeriformes

     
 

Thamnophilidae (22)

   
   

Black-hooded Antshrike

Thamnophilus bridgesi

R-END

 

Grallariidae (4)

     
   

Thicket Antpitta

Hylopezus dives

R-END

   

Olivaceous Woodcreeper

Sittasomus griseicapillus

R

   

Plain-brown Woodcreeper

Dendrocincla fuliginosa

R

   

Wedge-billed Woodcreeper

Glyphorynchus spirurus

R

   

Northern-barred Woodcreeper

Dendrocolaptes sanctithomae

R

   

Cocoa Woodcreeper

Xiphorhynchus susurrans

R

   

Spotted Woodcreeper

Xiphorhynchus erythropygius

R

   

Streak-headed Woodcreeper

Lepidocolaptes souleyetii

R

   

Spot-crowned Woodcreeper

Lepidocolaptes affinis

R

   

Ruddy Treerunner

Margarornis rubiginosus

R-END

 

Tyrannidae (83)

     
   

Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet

Ornithion semiflavum

R

   

Brown-capped Tyrannulet

Ornithion brunneicapillus

R

   

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

Camptostoma imberbe

R, M?

   

Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet

Camptostoma obsoletum

R

   

Yellow Tyrannulet

Capsiempis flaveola

R

   

Yellow-bellied Elaenia

Elaenia flavogaster

R

   

Lesser Elaenia

Elaenia chiriquensis

R

   

Ochre-bellied Flycatcher

Mionectes oleagineus

R

   

Sepia-capped Flycatcher

Leptopogon amaurocephalus

R

   

Slaty-capped Flycatcher

Leptopogon superciliaris

R

   

Paltry Tyrannulet

Zimmerius vilissimus

R

   

Common Tody-Flycatcher

Todirostrum cinereum

R

   

Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher

Todirostrum nigriceps

R

   

Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher

Myiobius sulphureipygius

R

   

Tufted Flycatcher

Mitrephanes phaeocercus

R

   

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Contopus virens

M

   

Tropical Pewee

Contopus cinereus

R

   

Yellowish Flycatcher

Empidonax flavescens

R

   

Black Phoebe

Sayornis nigricans

R

   

Long-tailed Tyrant

Colonia colonus

R

   

Great Kiskadee

Pitangus sulphuratus

R

   

Boat-billed Flycatcher

Megarynchus pitangua

R

   

Social Flycatcher

Myiozetetes similis

R

   

Gray-capped Flycatcher

Myiozetetes granadensis

R

   

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Myiodynastes luteiventris

RR, M

   

Piratic Flycatcher

Legatus leucophaius

RR, M

   

Tropical Kingbird

Tyrannus melancholicus

R

   

Gray-headed Piprites

Piprites griseiceps

R

 

Tityridae (9)

     
   

Masked Tityra

Tityra semifasciata

R

   

Black-crowned Tityra

Tityra inquisitor

R

   

Barred Becard

Pachyramphus versicolor

R

   

Cinnamon Becard

Pachyramphus cinnamomeus

R

   

Rose-throated Becard

Pachyramphus aglaiae

R

 

Cotingidae (8)

     
   

Purple-throated Fruitcrow

Querula purpurata

R

   

Rufous Piha

Lipaugus unirufus

R

 

Pipridae (8)

     
   

Long-tailed Manakin

Chiroxiphia linearis

R

   

White-ruffed Manakin

Corapipo altera

R

   

White-collared Manakin

Manacus candei

R

   

Red-capped Manakin

Ceratopipra mentalis

R

 

Vireonidae (16)

     
   

Green Shrike-Vireo

Vireolanius pulchellus

R

   

Lesser Greenlet

Pachysylvia decurtatus

R

   

Yellow-winged Vireo

Vireo carmioli

R-END

 

Corvidae (5)

     
   

Brown Jay

Psilorhinus morio

R

 

Hirundinidae (13)

     
   

Gray-breasted Martin

Progne chalybea

R

   

Brown-chested Martin

Progne tapera

M

   

Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor

M

   

Mangrove Swallow

Tachycineta albilinea

R

   

Blue-and-white Swallow

Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

R, M

   

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Stelgidopteryx serripennis

R, M

   

Southern Rough-winged Swallow

Stelgidopteryx ruficollis

R

 

Troglodytidae (24)

   
   

House Wren

Troglodytes aedon

R

   

Timberline Wren

Thryorchilus browni

R-END

   

Rufous-naped Wren

Campylorhynchus rufinucha

R

   

Spot-breasted Wren

Pheugopedius maculipectus

R

   

Black-bellied Wren

Pheugopedius fasciatoventris

R-END

   

Stripe-breasted Wren

Cantorchilus thoracicus

R-END

   

Bay Wren

Cantorchilus nigricapillus

R

   

Gray-breasted Wood-Wren

Henicorhina leucophrys

R

 

Cinclidae (1)

     
   

American Dipper

Cinclus mexicanus

R

 

Turdidae (15)

     
 

O

Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush

Catharus gracilirostris

R-END

   

Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush

Catharus frantzii

R

   

Sooty Thrush

Turdus nigrescens

R-END

   

Mountain Thrush

Turdus plebejus

R

   

Clay-colored Thrush

Turdus grayi

R

 

Ptiliogonatidae (2)

   
   

Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher

Ptiliogonys caudatus

R-END

 

Passeridae (1)

     
   

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

R

 

Fringillidae (12)

     
   

Scrub Euphonia

Euphonia affinis

R

   

Yellow-crowned Euphonia

Euphonia luteicapilla

R-END

   

Yellow-throated Euphonia

Euphonia hirundinacea

R

   

Olive-backed Euphonia

Euphonia gouldi

R

   

Yellow-bellied Siskin

Spinus xanthogastrus

R

   

Lesser Goldfinch

Spinus psaltria

R

 

Passerellidae (25)

   
   

Yellow-thighed Finch

Pselliophorus tibialis

R-END

   

Large-footed Finch

Pezopetes capitalis

R-END

   

Orange-billed Sparrow

Arremon aurantiirostris

R

   

Black-striped Sparrow

Arremonops conirostris

R

   

Stripe-headed Sparrow

Peucaea ruficauda

R

   

Rufous-collared Sparrow

Zonotrichia capensis

R

   

Common Chlorospingus

Chlorospingus flavopectus

R

   

Sooty-capped Chlorospingus

Chlorospingus pileatus

R-END

 

Icteridae (24)

     
   

Chestnut-headed Oropendola

Psarocolius wagleri

R

   

Montezuma Oropendola

Psarocolius montezuma

R

   

Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

R

   

Shiny Cowbird

Molothrus bonariensis

R

   

Melodious Blackbird

Dives dives

R

   

Great-tailed Grackle

Quiscalus mexicanus

R

 

Parulidae (51)

     
   

Mangrove red-capped warbler

Setophaga petechia

R, M

   

Buff-rumped Warbler

Myiothlypis fulvicauda

R

   

Rufous-capped Warbler

Basileuterus rufifrons

R

   

Black-cheeked Warbler

Basileuterus melanogenys

R-END

   

Golden-crowned Warbler

Basileuterus culicivorus

R

   

Collared Redstart

Myioborus torquatus

R-END

 

Cardinalidae (20)

     
   

Hepatic Tanager

Piranga flava

R

   

Flame-colored Tanager

Piranga bidentata

R

   

Red-throated Ant-Tanager

Habia fuscicauda

R

   

Carmiol’s Tanager

Chlorothraupis carmioli

R

   

Black-faced Grosbeak

Caryothraustes poliogaster

R

 

Thraupidae (49)

     
   

Blue-gray Tanager

Thraupis episcopus

R

   

Palm Tanager

Thraupis palmarum

R

   

Golden-hooded Tanager

Tangara larvata

R

   

Spangle-cheeked Tanager

Tangara dowii

R-END

   

Bay-headed Tanager

Tangara gyrola

R

   

Emerald Tanager

Tangara florida

R

   

Silver-throated Tanager

Tangara icterocephala

R

   

Slaty Flowerpiercer

Diglossa plumbea

R-END

   

Green Honeycreeper

Chlorophanes spiza

R

   

Blue-black Grassquit

Volatinia jacarinaA

R

   

White-shouldered Tanager

Tachyphonus luctuosus

R

   

White-throated Shrike-Tanager

Lanio leucothorax

R-END

   

Crimson-collared Tanager

Ramphocelus sanguinolentus

R

   

Passerini’s Tanager

Ramphocelus passerinii

R

   

Cherries’s Tanager

Ramphocelus costaricensis

R-END

   

Shining Honeycreeper

Cyanerpes lucidus

R

   

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Cyanerpes cyaneus

R

   

Scarlet-thighed Dacnis

Dacnis venusta

R

   

Blue Dacnis

Dacnis cayana

R

   

Bananaquit

Coereba flaveola

R

   

Yellow-faced Grassquit

Tiaris olivaceus

R

   

Variable Seedeater

Sporophila corvinaC

R

   

White-collared Seedeater

Sporophila torqueolaR

R

   

Black-headed Saltator

Saltator atriceps

R

   

Buff-throated Saltator

Saltator maximus

R

   

Grayish Saltator

Saltator coerulescens

R

   

Streaked Saltator

Saltator striatipectus

R

 

Costa Rica Birding Report, June 2019

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