Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (17-19th January, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

The Monteverde area was accessed from the town of Santa Elena where there was a good choice of cheap accomodation. I visited 3 different sites spending a day birding in each. The Monteverde Reserve was 6km from Santa Elena and reached by bus leaving at 6:15. The Santa Elena Reserve was about 5km from Santa Elena town in the other direction from Monteverde. There was also a bus leaving at about 6:45. The last day was spent at the Bajo Del Tigre trail which was 3km from town towards the Monteverde Reserve to which I walked. The Bajo del Tigre trail was at lower elevation and had very different species from the other 2. Monteverde and Santa Elena Reserves had good forest at similar elevations but I saw a few species in each reserve that I didn't see at the other. Several species were seen walking to or from the reserves. The weather was very windy and rainy on all days and really affected the birding. I saw only 1 of my target species, the Black Guan, at the Santa Elena Reserve. I saw 77 species including 22 lifers

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Species seen 

  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Broad-winged Hawk ? Buteo platypterus
  • Black Guan Chamaepetes unicolor Near-threatened
  • White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica Seen Liberia
  • Buff-fronted Quail-Dove Geotrygon costaricensis
  • White-fronted Parrot ? Amazona albifrons
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Bare-shanked Screech-Owl Megascops clarkii
  • Green Hermit Phaethornis guy
  • Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus
  • Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus
  • Fiery-throated Hummingbird Panterpe insignis
  • Coppery-headed Emerald Elvira cupreiceps Endemic
  • Stripe-tailed Hummingbird Eupherusa eximia
  • Purple-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis calolaema
  • Green-crowned Brilliant Heliodoxa jacula
  • Magenta-throated Woodstar Calliphlox bryantae
  • Orange-bellied Trogon ? Trogon aurantiiventris
  • Blue-crowned Motmot Momotus momota
  • Prong-billed Barbet Semnornis frantzii
  • Blue-throated Toucanet Aulacorhynchus caeruleogularis
  • Smoky-brown Woodpecker Veniliornis fumigatus
  • Spotted Barbtail Premnoplex brunnescens
  • Ruddy Treerunner Margarornis rubiginosus
  • Spotted Woodcreeper Xiphorhynchus erythropygius
  • Slaty Antwren Myrmotherula schisticolor
  • Long-tailed Manakin Chiroxiphia linearis
  • Mountain Elaenia Elaenia frantzii
  • Olive-striped Flycatcher Mionectes olivaceus
  • Rufous-browed Tyrannulet ? Phylloscartes superciliaris
  • Yellow-olive Flycatcher Tolmomyias sulphurescens
  • Yellowish Flycatcher Empidonax flavescens
  • Bright-rumped Attila Attila spadiceus
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  • Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher Phainoptila melanoxantha
  • Black-throated Wren ? Thryothorus atrogularis
  • Rufous-and-white Wren ? Thryothorus rufalbus
  • Ochraceous Wren ? Troglodytes ochraceus
  • White-breasted Wood-Wren ? Henicorhina leucosticta
  • Gray-breasted Wood-Wren Henicorhina leucophrys
  • Black-faced Solitaire Myadestes melanops
  • Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus aurantiirostris
  • Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush Catharus fuscater
  • Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush ? Catharus frantzii
  • Mountain Robin Turdus plebejus
  • Clay-colored Robin Turdus grayi
  • Brown Jay Cyanocorax morio
  • Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
  • Lesser Greenlet Hylophilus decurtatus
  • Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
  • Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens
  • Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  • Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
  • Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
  • Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus
  • Collared Redstart Myioborus torquatus
  • Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus
  • Rufous-capped Warbler Basileuterus rufifrons
  • Three-striped Warbler Basileuterus tristriatus
  • Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
  • Common Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus ophthalmicus
  • Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus pileatus
  • Hepatic Tanager Piranga flava
  • Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  • Blue-gray Tanager Thraupis episcopus
  • Silver-throated Tanager Tangara icterocephala
  • Spangle-cheeked Tanager Tangara dowii
  • Blue Seedeater ? Amaurospiza concolor
  • Yellow-faced Grassquit Tiaris olivacea
  • Yellow-thighed Finch Pselliophorus tibialis
  • Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch Buarremon brunneinucha
  • White-eared Ground-Sparrow Melozone leucotis
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Buff-throated Saltator Saltator maximus
  • Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse