Bird Watching Tour in Costa Rica
The Manuel Antonio area is home to hundreds of surprises. More than 270 species, including migrants, potentially can be seen in the park and surrounding area extending to Quepos.
Despite the image of beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio's name evokes in the minds of most people, most of its bird life found in the forest - either inside the park itself or any decent patch of vegetation around your hotel.
Screeching flocks of parakeets and parrots impart a decidedly tropical birding here, like the comings and goings of at least 15 different types of hummingbirds, including purple crowned fairy woodnymphs violet crowned, flirty white crest and blue- golden-throated tails.
If you come across a fruit tree or shrub, can be treated with a riot of color in a parade of visiting birds, which could include scarlet-rumped, blue-gray, golden hooded head and the Bay of tanagers, green bright red legs and honeymooners, and yellow-crowned crowned point-and Thick-billed Euphonias among others.
One of the biggest thrills in tropical birding is encountering a herd of mixed species foraging, and that action can really get fast and furious as the last current birds, each apparently different from the next.
In the understory in Manuel Antonio, insectivorous flocks form around pairs of black, hooded antwrens antshrikes point wings, and entourage may contain xenops smooth, long-beaked, brown backed gnatwrens anthills, rufous-breasted wrens, red antshrikes , buff-throated foliage gleaners, flycatchers sulfur-rumped and in the winter months, a dozen species of migratory warblers, vireos, and flycatchers.