The avifauna of Tirimbina Biological Reserve (RBT) is representative of the Tropical humid rainforest of Central America´s lowlands. It is located in the northern part of Costa Rica in La Virgen de Sarapiquí, province of Heredia at an elevation between 180-220 meters above sea level. RBT is a National Wildlife Refuge that protects 345 hectares of forest with 9km of trails, and hanging bridges. The great diversity of habitats: forests (primary and secondary), riparian wetlands, abandoned cacao plantations and even human-modified habitats allow the existence of 279 species of residents birds. Birding in TBR you are able to see residents species like Antbirds following army ants such as the Ocellated Antbird (Phaenostictus mcleannani) or the Song Wren (Cyphorhinus phaeocephalus) making its beautiful song and the spectacular Black-crested Coquette which is Tirimbina´s bird symbol.
Rufous-winged Woodpecker - Michael Sevilla
Also the opportunity to see forest mixed flocks where you can spot White-fronted Nunbirds (Monasa morphoeus) and several species of wood creepers, tanagers, honeycreepers and flycatchers. Close to the Sarapiquí River you can find the Fasciated Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum) on the rocks of the river looking for fishes, the magnificent Sunbittern (Erypyga helias) or the rare Snowy Cotinga (Carpodectes nitidus) on tall exposed branches of trees. The geographic location of the reserve is a strategic point for watching 75 species of migratory birds, such as endangered species like the Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) and Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera), or the amazing migration of thousand of Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura), Broad-winged Hawks (Buteo platypterus), Swainson´s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) and Mississippi Kites (Ictinea mississipiensis).
Tirimbina Biological Reserve is part of San Juan-La Selva Biological Corridor which achieves to connect important protected areas from the northern part of Costa Rica, which assures the free movements of endangered resident birds such as the Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) and the Bare-throated Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus grabicollis). To this day we have registered 354 especies of birds in the Reserve. TBR ´s conservation and educational efforts, in addition the comfortable infrastructure, the easy accessibility, and type of forest have made it an important tropical research center, popular ecotourism travel destination and an excellent place for birdwatching.
Sunbittern - Emmanuel Rojas
Visitors can choose to stay in our Field Station, located on the edge of the Tirimbina river, where are common visitors the Black-crested Coquette (Lophornis helenae) or the Snowcap (Microchera albocoronata), or at Tirimbina Lodge, where 20 rooms with A/C, Wi-Fi, offer a great birding, with great comfort.
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