Bird Watching – Costa Rica

Bird Watching in Costa Rica is a popular activity. Jaco is in the transitional zone between tropical dry forest and tropical rain forest. This creates a mix of types of bird habitat that attracts a very diverse group of bird species. Costa Rica birding offers endless opportunity to add new species to your list.
The grounds of DoceLunas itself is a great place to see Costa Rica bird species. The canopy of trees at DoceLunas has been preserved by our low density plan and the hotel is bordered by jungle with a mix of dry and wet forest tropical trees, providing very diverse habitat.

One bird watching couple saw over fifty species in six days on the property at DoceLunas and over twenty in a single day! Click Bird Watching in Jaco for a description of their experience and a list of birds seen at DoceLunas. See photos and video, hear audio and learn about the strange behavior of the burrow-dwelling Blue Crowned Mot Mot,  the spectacular Aracari,  the whimsical Chestnut Mandibled Toucan and the bizarre sound Oropendola from the grounds hotel DoceLunas.


Chestnut Mandible Toucan - Photo take at DoceLunas - Room 14

Chestnut Mandible Toucan – Photo take at DoceLunas – Room 14

Jaco Hotel DoceLunas is an excellent base for bird watching Costa Rica in nearby Carara and Manuel Antonio National Parks. Located at the base of the tallest of the mountains surrounding the Jaco valley, bordered by first growth transitional zone forest and jungle, the five acres of landscaped grounds dominated by towering trees provide ample opportunities for bird sightings from the patios in front of our elegant rooms and suites. There is also a trail to the summit of the mountain and nearby estuaries and marshes offer a chance to observe additional species in their native habitat in Jaco Costa Rica, for those who are into more rugged Costa Rica birding.

close up blue crowned mot mot

Blue Crowned Mot Mot – Photo at DoceLunas – Yoga Studio

Over 400 bird species can be seen in the Central Pacific lowlands of Costa Rica and additional. Costa Rica birding trips into the mountains, which rise 1,000 feet above sea level near the beach offering spectacular views, allow birders to observe other species.

Click this link for a list of the 400 Costa Rica Central Pacific Lowland species: Jaco Costa Rica bird list.

Here are a few of the spectacular birds that you can see in or near
DoceLunas. The bird with the fish is an Anhinga. What a bird!
Can you identify the others?
Email to find out their names.

All collage photos by Richard Garrigue. Not taken at DoceLunas.

Here are a few photos of Costa Rica birds taken at DoceLunas.

These photos below were not taken on the property at DoceLunas.

Chesnut Mandible Toucan

Ramphastos ambiguus -Costa Rica-8a (1)

Magnificent Frigate Birds

Magnificent Frigate Birds ( Fregata magnificens ) - Flickr - Andrea Westmoreland (2)

Purple Martin

Purple Martin RWD2

Cherrie’s Tanager

Ramphocelus costaricensis -Costa Rica-8

Black Headed Trogon

Black-headed Trogon (Trogon melanocephalus) (7222805914)

Yellow Throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons) (5206241405)


Yellow Headed Cara Cara

Cara Cara (5535334061)

Great Kiskadee
Flickr - ggallice - Great kiskadee
Bare Throated Tiger Heron

Tigrisoma mexicanum 1


Anhinga in flight