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The Top 25 Target Birds to Look for in Costa Rica

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It would be uber cool to lay eyes on a rare lifer, on species that only seem to live on the pages of a field guide but isn’t that somewhat discriminatory? And why spend time only looking for one or two species when those hours could be used to put binos focused on a few dozen? While waiting for that big weird cotinga species to appear, other birds will also come into view because when birding quality habitat, there’s plenty to see!

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Aplomado Twitch in Costa Rica

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While we could chase a number of local, rare residents, looking for super tough species like Pheasant Cuckoo and Tawny-faced Quail is more akin to searching and lurking in appropriate habitat and just hoping to get lucky. These are the birds that are very much unexpected, and regarding Costa Rica, I am sure seriously unexpected species like Red-necked Stint and American Pipit do pay a visit, there just aren’t enough birders combing the countryside to find them.