Costa Rican Birds.com
site by David L. Ross, Jr.
Great Green Macaw (Ara ambigua) is emblematic
of Costa Rica's conservation efforts, both in terms of its magnificence, as
well as in the sense of urgency, and in the relentlessness of the challenges
which this amazing republic faces. These macaws are much more rare than their
better known siblings the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) which in Costa
Rica is more common on the Pacific Slope. The Great Green Macaws are seldom
parrots, resplendent quetzals, dazzling hummingbirds, and amazing toucans, are
all to be expected in the American tropics. Costa Rica, the rich coast, is also
rich in its variety and splendor of birds.
Macaw (Ara macao) photographed by David
Ross in Corcovado National Park, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
This is a site created for those interested in Costa Rican birds, and
tropical nature in general. The Central American democracy of Costa Rica is
famous for its rainforest, its national parks and preserves, and for those in
the know--for an amazing avifauna. Costa Rica's land area is roughly equal to
that of the state of West Virginia, yet it list fully 10% of the worlds species
of birds. To see this assortment, one must visit a wide variety of habitats.
It is tropical Costa Rica's wide range of habitat types that house this richness
in bird species. Within short roadtrips of an hour or two, the visitor or birder
can be in remarkably different environments. From the dry forests of Guanacaste,
to cloud forests, and the high elevation of the Continental Divide and volcanic
peaks such as Volcan Irazu and Volcan Poas, to the middle elevations of the
the Caribbean Slope, and the lowland rainforest below, one can enter into impressively
different worlds of plants scenery and birds.
Initially this site will depend heavily if not entirely on the
copyrighted material of the webmaster
David L. Ross, Jr.. Please do not reproduce, or repost these
to the web without permission from the owner. It is hoped that we may soon draw
upon some of the talented naturalists and ornithologists that are working and
have worked within Costa Rica and the Neotropics.
Welcome! and Cyber journey the rainforest, dryforest, cloudforest and
the highlands in search of tropical birds. Enjoy and share with friends students
and classmates, these images, sounds, and articles of birding and natural history
experiences in amazing Costa Rica. Look and listen to solitaires, rumbling volcanoes,
and howler monkeys at keyboards distance, and then hopefully in muddy boots
on a rain wet sendero in a land of wonder. This is Pura Vida (pure life), the
bomb, off the hook--if the word "Quetzal" makes your pulse quicken.
This may be a sight worth revisiting as it grows and changes through time..
Page Updated 10-20-2008