Birds of Costa Rica
Robin, Motmot and King Fishers
You might wonder why this unconspicous brown bird has been choosen the national bird of Costa Rica. However, have a look at his body: it has the breast of an opera singer...
The Clay-colored Robin is mostly silent until he starts breeding, at the begin of the rainy season. With his melodious, rich serenades Costa Ricans say that the robin is calling the rains. The bird is widely distributed in all of Costa Rica.
The colorful Turquoise-browed Motmot with its striking long tail feathers is one of the most beautiful birds of Costa Rica. They rival the Quetzals in their glorious colors, and are certainly easier to find.
Motmots don't build their nest in trees, but in an earth hole on a steep slope. They are related to the kingfishers and are only found in the Neotropics. In Costa Rica they mainly occur on the Nicoya Peninsula and near the Gulf of Nicoya.
Kingfishers are often seen along rivers. The Ringed Kingfisher on this picture can grow up to 41 cm and is one of the largest kingfishers in the world. The birds nest in a horizontal burrow up to 8 feet deep which is excavated in the cut bank of a river or an eroded hillside.