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Birding and Wildlife Viewing at Camaquiri

The Camaquiri Conservation Intiative (CCI), named after a local Indigenous Chief from the 1500’s, is a new field station located in the Caribbean Lowlands of northeastern Costa Rica. The preserve encompasses 500 acres of older secondary lowland swamp forest with many scattered primary trees remaining throughout a forest containing streams, lagoons and swamps bordering the Rio El Zota. 


The Birds

  • 218 bird species observed on property

  • 175 species seen during October 2020 bird count

  • 7 species of parrots, 2 motmots and 3 toucan species

  • Great Curassow, Blue-throated Goldentail, Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer, Purple-throated Fruit Crow and Snowy Cotinga are among notable bird species

  • Agami and Boat-billed Herons seen several times

  • The Great Green Macaw is our flagship species


Other Wildlife

  • 16 mammals species – Brown-mantled Howler, White-faced Capuchin, Black-handed Spider Monkey, Tamandua, peccaries, Red Brocket Deer, Grison and Oclelot

  • 38 amphibian species –36 species of frogs & toads including 3 poison dart frogs

  • 23 reptile species – caimans, iguanas, basilisks and 11 species of snakes


Vertebrate & Lepidopteran Checklist

  • see complete checklist of vertebrates & preliminary butterfly list (click the green button below)

  • species highlighted in gray have been seen at Camaquiri

  • species not highlighted seen in vicinity and are to be expected

  • always exciting to add new species to the list!



  • basic, comfortable cabins with bathroom

  • dining hall

  • laboratory & library

  • well-maintained & extensive trail system

  • excellent Costa Rican food prepared by local cooks


Why Camaquiri?

  • off the beaten tourist path, nestled in northeastern Costa Rican countryside

  • adjacent to Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge

  • authentic Costa Rican experience

  • all needs and food sourced locally

  • local community outreach and support is a priority

  • logistics/support provided by Tayra Tours at 

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