Costa Rica’s 50 Species of Hummingbirds

Wherever you go in Costa Rica, you are bound to bump into a gorgeous hummingbird; the country hosts more than 50 species.

My wife Kathy and I bumped into many of those tropical birds last month during a vacation, and it was like seeing dazzling Christmas ornaments come to life around lush tropical flowers, from lowlands to highlands.

Even ruby-throated hummingbirds that breed in the United States migrate to Costa Rica for the winter to feast on flower nectar. We saw them in the gardens of Hotel Bougainvillea, on the outskirts of the capital city of San Jose.

The rufous-tailed hummingbird is the country’s most common hummer and shows up in gardens, along forest edges and around coffee plantations, from the lowlands to midlevel cloud forests. It favors

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