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one of three volcanoes visible from the finca
Photo © by Jim Crosswell
Finca Oro, Costa Rica, January 2009

Costa Rica


This particular Finca Oro, at an elevation of 4800 ft/1463 meters above sea level, is 165 acres/66.8 hectares of secondary and primary growth forest located in the Orosi, Costa Rica area where it backs up onto the Tapanti National Park.

The front porch of a dormitory-style facility, there on the grounds, affords the person on that porch with great views of Volcan Irazu and Turrialba, two volcanoes in the area.

Couple this great habitat with a large number of birds in the area and the potential for some good birding begins to emerge. [1]


Notable Species

Coppery-headed Emerald
Photo © by Jim Crosswell
Orosi,Costa Rica January, 2010

The Clay-colored Thrush leads this off as the National Bird of Costa Rica. [4]

In total, there have been 504 species recorded as having been sighted along with 5 globally threatened species in this area. Following this, note the Coppery-headed Emerald, Dark Pewee. and the Cabanis's Ground-Sparrow are recorded as endemics to this area. [2]

The area's many species of hummingbirds is another good consideration to keep in mind.


The Least Flycatcher and Melodious Blackbird are listed as rare species here. [2]


Squirrel Cuckoo
Photo © by Jim Crosswell
Finca Oro Costa Rica February, 2008

Birds you can see here include:

Little Tinamou, Blue-winged Teal, Black Guan, Spotted Wood-Quail, Pied-billed Grebe, Ruddy Quail-Dove, Squirrel Cuckoo, Common Pauraque, Great Potoo, Vaux's Swift, Green Hermit, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer, Northern Jacana, Solitary Sandpiper, Sunbittern, Wood Stork, Magnificent Frigatebird, Neotropic Cormorant, Green Heron, Green Ibis, Black Vulture, Osprey, Black Hawk-Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Barn Owl, Striped Owl, Gartered Trogon, Rufous Motmot, Amazon Kingfisher, Lanceolated Monklet, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Red-headed Barbet, Prong-billed Barbet, Keel-billed Toucan, Hairy Woodpecker, Yellow-headed Caracara, Barred Parakeet, Black-crowned Antshrike, Thicket Antpitta, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Black-headed Antthrush, Ruddy Woodcreeper, Streak-breasted Treehunter, White-collared Manakin, Three-wattled Bellbird, Cinnamon Becard, Sharpbill, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Mountain Elaenia, Tropical Kingbird, Philadelphia Vireo, Brown Jay, Mangrove Swallow, Long-billed Gnatwren, Band-backed Wren, American Dipper, Tropical Mockingbird, Wood Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher, House Sparrow, Olive-backed Euphonia, Common Chlorospingus, Wrenthrush, Chestnut-headed Oropendola, Ovenbird, Bay-breasted Warbler, Hepatic Tanager, White-shouldered Tanager

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Other Nearby Sites

Irazu Volcano National Park – Approximately 47 km/29 miles north of Orosi

Turrialba Volcano National Park – Approximately 56 km/35 miles North/Northeast of Orosi

Tapanti National Park – Abuts Finca Oro

Access and Facilities

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Contact Details

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  1. Birdforum member observations
  2. Lepage D. (2020) Tapanti-Macizo de la Muerte National Park Bird Checklist - Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World. Retrieved 30 September 2020
  3. Official Costa Rica Tourism - https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica
  4. Go Visit Costa Rica - https://www.govisitcostarica.com/blog/post/history-of-the-national-bird-clay-colored-thrush.aspx

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External Links


  1. Orosi, Costa Rica & Tapanti National Park on Google Maps