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Macaw Lodge

Central Pacific  >  Costa Rica

The reserve contains mature and secondary forests, rivers, small waterfalls and agroforestry productive areas, which are the habitat of over 350 bird species.

Added* by Dragan Simic
Most recent update 16 February 2022

Description

Macaw Lodge is located between the humid lowland rainforest and the high humidity pre-montane forest, and is surrounded by expanses of rural roads, pastures, mature and secondary forests, and organic farming plots. These bioclimatic, ecological, and landscape conditions make it possible for an abundance of birds to live in the Central Pacific, with 360 migratory and resident species recorded so far along the 9 km / 6 mi of the reserve trail system.

Some of the highlights are Scarlet Macaw and Orange-collared Manakin, together with Baird's Trogon, Black-faced Antthrush, Blue-crowned Manakin, Charming Hummingbird, Chiriqui Foliage-gleaner, Collared-forest Falcon, Costa Rican Swift, Dot-winged Antwren, Fiery-billed Aracari, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Golden-naped Woodpecker, King Vulture, Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift, Long-billed Gnatwren, Marbled Wood-Quail, Royal Flycatcher, Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher, Rufous Piha, Rufous-winged Woodpecker, Scaly-breasted Wren, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Stub-tailed Spadebill, Sunbittern, Uniform Crake, White-crested Coquette, White-necked Jacobin, White-Tipped Sicklebill, White-whiskered Puffbird, and White-winged Becard, among many other.

The sanctuary is located in the heart of the Scarlet Macaw Biological Corridor, where nearby birding hotspots include the Carara National Park (over 400 bird species) and the Tárcoles River.

Details

Access

Macaw Lodge is located in the mountains of the Costa Rican Central Pacific, two hours drive from the capital, San Jose. Zoom in on the map and click on the "P" (parking) sign by the main lodge building for directions.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Lake , Valley , River

Conditions

Hilly , Slippery

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

No

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration

Route

Unpaved road , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

Extra info

There are no full-time in-house bird guides, and if you want a guided walk, enquire in advance.

Links

View other birding spots in the area that are published on Birdingplaces

Map

Top 5 birds

Sunbittern
1. Sunbittern
(Eurypyga helias)
Fiery-billed Aracari
2. Fiery-billed Aracari
(Pteroglossus frantzii)
Yellow-throated Toucan
3. Yellow-throated Toucan
(Ramphastos ambiguus)
Scarlet Macaw
4. Scarlet Macaw
(Ara macao)
Orange-collared Manakin
5. Orange-collared Manakin
(Manacus aurantiacus)

Other birds you can see here

Great Tinamou
Great Tinamou
(Tinamus major)
Muscovy Duck
Muscovy Duck
(Cairina moschata)
Marbled Wood-Quail
Marbled Wood-Quail
(Odontophorus gujanensis)
White-necked Jacobin
White-necked Jacobin
(Florisuga mellivora)
White-tipped Sicklebill
White-tipped Sicklebill
(Eutoxeres aquila)
White-crested Coquette
White-crested Coquette
(Lophornis adorabilis)
Uniform Crake
Uniform Crake
(Amaurolimnas concolor)
King Vulture
King Vulture
(Sarcoramphus papa)
Baird's Trogon
Baird's Trogon
(Trogon bairdii)
Amazon Kingfisher
Amazon Kingfisher
(Chloroceryle amazona)
Golden-naped Woodpecker
Golden-naped Woodpecker
(Melanerpes chrysauchen)
Rufous-winged Woodpecker
Rufous-winged Woodpecker
(Piculus simplex)
Black-faced Antthrush
Black-faced Antthrush
(Formicarius analis)
Blue-crowned Manakin
Blue-crowned Manakin
(Lepidothrix coronata)
Royal Flycatcher
Royal Flycatcher
(Onychorhynchus coronatus)
Stub-tailed Spadebill
Stub-tailed Spadebill
(Platyrinchus cancrominus)
Long-billed Gnatwren
Long-billed Gnatwren
(Ramphocaenus melanurus)
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis
Scarlet-thighed Dacnis
(Dacnis venusta)

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