The largest cat species in the Americas, the elusive Jaguar and can be found Corcovado National Park - if you are very lucky. Alongside jaguars, other species of cat include ocelot, margay, and even puma.
Many endangered sea turtles lay their eggs on the sandy shores of Tortuguero National Park, including leatherback, olive ridley, green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles. Containing a marine and land dual eco-system, the park was created to protect the green turtle due to its perfect nesting ground. The famed Osa Peninsula is also a great place to witness species such as green turtles foraging in the shallow waters.
Costa Rica Birdlife
Costa Rica is a sanctuary for birds and there are over 900 recorded species in the country, making it one of the most biodiverse countries for avian life in the world. If you’re a bird lover, Costa Rica is one of the best countries for you to visit. Below are some of the most notable and iconic bird species you can find in Costa Rica:
Often seen and heard in the Pacific coastal region, the iconic Scarlet Macaw are large, vibrant red and blue parrots. In addition to scarlet macaws, Costa Rica is home to several other parrot and parakeet species, including the Orange-chinned Parakeet and the Red-lored Parrot
The Resplendent Quetzal is considered one of the most beautiful birds in the world, with its iridescent green and red plumage. It is a symbol of Central America and can be found in cloud forests. Besides the Resplendent Quetzal, Costa Rica is home to various trogon species, including the Collared Trogon and the Black-throated Trogon. The stunning Elegant Trogon with its metallic green and red plumage is another gem of Costa Rica's cloud forests.
You will also find various species of Toucans, including the Keel-billed Toucan and the Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, are known for their large, colourful bills.
Costa Rica is home to numerous Hummingbird species, such as the Fiery-throated Hummingbird, the Violet-crowned Woodnymph, and the Rufous-tailed Hummingbird.
The Turquoise-browed Motmot is a common species in Costa Rica, these striking birds have long tail feathers with distinctive "racket" tips.
The Red-capped Manakin is a small, colourful bird known for their elaborate courtship displays.
The wetland areas and coastal regions in Costa Rica are also home to a variety of Herons and egrets, including the Great Egret and the Boat-billed Heron. Costa Rica also has a variety of birds of prey, including the Harpy Eagle, Osprey, and several species of hawks and vultures.