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Parque National Palo Verde, Costa Rica (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Parque National Palo Verde, Costa Rica

Map of Parque National Palo Verde, Costa Rica

White-faced Capuchin (Cebus capucinus) Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor) Double-striped Thick-knee (Burhinus bistriatus) Hoffmanns Woodpecker (Melanerpes hoffmannii) Mantled Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata) Central American spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi)
Black Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura similis) Brown-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus tyrannulus) Broad-winged Hawk Plain-capped Starthroat (Heliomaster constantii) Lesser Greenlet (Pachysylvia decurtata) Ameiva Lizard (Ameiva festiva)
Blue-vented Hummingbird (Amazilia hoffmanni) Scorpion Mud Turtle (Kinosternon scorpioides) Mantled Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata) Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)

The area surrounding the campsite was mostly second growth thorn forest. The Rio Tempisque floods into a flat area near the campground providing freshwater marsh. It looked possible to take a boat to the estuary area, but I am not sure how you would arrange that.

We planned to stay a couple of nights here, but the weather was extremely hot. So, we hitchhiked with a ranger to another park nearby with a waterfall and swimming hole. Despite the bad weather, we were able to get in some good wildlife viewing... we even had three species of monkey in our campsite.


Mexico to Panama

2/18/2009: We took a bus from Liberia to Bagaces where we found a taxi to take us into Palo Verde National Park. We set up camp in a pretty run down camping area amid a small mango orchard. For dinner, we took advantage of an on-site cafeteria.

The weather was very hot and dry, so we did not stay long, instead opting to hitch with a ranger to another nearby park with a waterfall.

We did get a nice show in the morning when three species of monkey visited the campsite.

Previous Visit (Nicaragua / Costa Rica Border Zone: 2/17/2009)
Next Visit (Santa Elena - Hidden Valley: 2/20/2009)

Species Recorded (68)

Birds ( 58 )

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Northern Harrier - Circus hudsonius

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Neotropic Cormorant - Nannopterum brasilianum

Anhingas ( Anhingidae )
Anhinga - Anhinga anhinga

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias
Western Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea
Snowy Egret - Egretta thula
Black-crowned Night-Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron - Tigrisoma mexicanum

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
White Ibis - Eudocimus albus
Roseate Spoonbill - Platalea ajaja
Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus

Storks ( Ciconiidae )
Wood Stork - Mycteria americana

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - Dendrocygna autumnalis

New World Vultures ( Cathartidae )
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus
King Vulture - Sarcoramphus papa

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Broad-winged Hawk - Buteo platypterus

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Crested Caracara - Caracara plancus
Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus
American Kestrel - Falco sparverius

Limpkin ( Aramidae )
Limpkin - Aramus guarauna

Thick-knees ( Burhinidae )
Double-striped Thick-knee - Burhinus bistriatus

Stilts and Avocets ( Recurvirostridae )
Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Jacanas ( Jacanidae )
Northern Jacana - Jacana spinosa

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Laughing Gull - Leucophaeus atricilla
Royal Tern - Thalasseus maximus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Inca Dove - Columbina inca
Common Ground-Dove - Columbina passerina
White-tipped Dove - Leptotila verreauxi
White-winged Dove - Zenaida asiatica

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
White-fronted Parrot - Amazona albifrons
Orange-chinned Parakeet - Brotogeris jugularis

Cuckoos ( Cuculidae )
Groove-billed Ani - Crotophaga sulcirostris
Squirrel Cuckoo - Piaya cayana

Nighthawks and Nightjars ( Caprimulgidae )
Common Pauraque - Nyctidromus albicollis

Hummingbirds ( Trochilidae )
Cinnamon Hummingbird - Amazilia rutila
Plain-capped Starthroat - Heliomaster constantii
Stripe-throated Hermit - Phaethornis striigularis
Blue-vented Hummingbird - Saucerottia hoffmanni

Trogons ( Trogonidae )
Gartered Trogon - Trogon caligatus
Black-headed Trogon - Trogon melanocephalus

( Coccyzidae )
Mangrove Cuckoo - Coccyzus minor

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Hoffmann's Woodpecker - Melanerpes hoffmannii

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Brown-crested Flycatcher - Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great Kiskadee - Pitangus sulphuratus
Tropical Kingbird - Tyrannus melancholicus

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
White-throated Magpie-Jay - Calocitta formosa

Wrens ( Troglodytidae )
Rufous-naped Wren - Campylorhynchus rufinucha

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
White-browed Gnatcatcher - Polioptila bilineata

Vireos ( Vireonidae )
Lesser Greenlet - Pachysylvia decurtata
Yellow-throated Vireo - Vireo flavifrons

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Tennessee Warbler - Leiothlypis peregrina
Yellow Warbler - Setophaga petechia

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Baltimore Oriole - Icterus galbula
Streak-backed Oriole - Icterus pustulatus


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