Christmas Bird Count


This year the annual Christmas Bird Count for the Maquenque – Sarapiqui Region of the Costa Rican Bird was conducted on January 21st.  In total counting took place at 11 sites this year from 4 am to 6 pm. This includes:

Collared Aracaris at Mi Pedacito del Cielo

  •  Tirimbina Rainforest Center
  • Chilamate Eco-Retreat
  • Eco-Lodge Yatama
  • Albergue El Socorro
  • Finca Pangola/Cinco Ceibas
  • Laguna Lagarto Lodge
  • Mi Pedacito de Cielo
  • El Gavilán Lodge
  • Maquenque Eco-Lodge
  • Selva Verde Lodge
  • La Selva Biological Station

In total 6069 Individual birds were observed from 324 species! La Selva Biological Station had the greatest number of bird species identified with 161 species in one day! This was followed up by Maquenque Eco-lodge that had 154 species and then Finca Pangola/ Cinco Ciebas where 149 species were identified. What a great job by all teams and all sites!

Male Great Curassow

Some of the great bird species that were observed during the count include:

  • Great Currasow
  • Sunbittern
  • Ornate Hawk Eagle
  • Keel-billed Motmot
  • White-fronte Nunbird
  • Checker-throated Antwren
  • Great Green Macaw
  • Vermiculated Screech Owl
  • Silver-throated Tangaer
  • Wood Thrush
  • Golden-winged Warbler


We are grateful to the sites for their support and participation in the annual Bird Count. Many sites provided room and board for the counters. Also big thanks to Adilio Antonio Zeledon Meza and the Ornithological Association of Costa Rica (AOCR) for coordinating this event.


Plans are already in place for next year’s count that is proposed to occur on the 20th of January 2018. If you are interested in participating in next year’s event, please contact us!

Go Birds!

Rainforest Biodiversity Group has been coordinating the Christmas Bird Count each year since 2009, in conjunction with AOCR and numerous volunteers each year.

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