Blue-gray Tanager

Costa Rica Birds and Breakfast at Villa San Ignacio

On a vacation in Costa Rica, breakfast might be the most important meal of the day. A good, healthy breakfast provides energy needed to visit a volcano, take a coffee tour, go birding in Costa Rica, and enjoy other fun and exciting activities. As luck would have it, the traditional Costa Rican breakfast is a perfect meal to start every day in beautiful tropical surroundings.

“Gallo pinto” (a local version of rice and beans), plantain, eggs, fresh fruit, toast, juice and coffee make for a tasty, fulfilling, and balanced meal. Even better, at Villa San Ignacio, breakfast is often accompanied by tropical birds calling from towering figs and stately palms. These are some of the tropical Costa Rica birds often seen during breakfast in the gardens of Villa San Ignacio.

Lesson’s Motmot (Pájaro Bobo)

Lesson's motmot at Villa San Ignacio
Lesson’s motmot at Villa San Ignacio

You might spy this exotic beauty quietly perched on low branches visible from your breakfast table. Post breakfast, you might see more of these fancy birds while walking through the garden. 

Hoffmann’s Woodpecker (Carpintero de Hoffmann)

Hoffmann's woodpecker in Costa Rica
Hoffmann’s woodpecker in Costa Rica

This smart looking woodpecker is a common garden bird. Pairs can visit fruit feeders and forage on tree trunks and branches.

Orange-chinned Parakeet (Periquito Garganta Anaranjado)

Orange-chinned Parakeet
Orange-chinned Parakeet

One of the few species of parrots and parakeets that visit the hotel grounds, this small bird is often seen in palms and other trees visible during breakfast.

Masked Tityra (Titira Enmascarada)

Masked Tityra
Masked Tityra

This fancy bright white bird with black highlights looks like its wearing makeup. Pairs live in the garden and are often seen in tree cavities and on branches visible from your breakfast table. 

Rufous-naped Wren (Soterrey Chico Piojo)

Rufous-naped Wren
Rufous-naped Wren

Small groups of this fun, animated bird call and forage around the buildings and other parts of the hotel. Don’t be surprised if you see one or two hopping on the ground near your breakfast table.

Blue-gray Tanager (Viuda)

Blue-gray Tanager
Blue-gray Tanager

This lovely bird forages and calls from tall trees and fruit feeders. Enjoy the views of this pretty, sky-blue bird.

Clay-colored Thrush (Yigüirro)

Clay-colored Thrush - Costa Rica's national bird
Clay-colored Thrush – Costa Rica’s national bird

Costa Rica’s national bird is a common sight on the beautiful grounds of Villa San Ignacio. You may hear them singing their robin and blackbird-like songs in the morning and will see them feeding in fruiting trees and hopping on the ground.

This list of birds is a small sampling of the species that accompany our guests during breakfast. Keep an eye out for more, a lot more! With a bird list of 170 plus species, breakfast at Villa San Ignacio comes with a lot of birding possibilities.

Blog by Patrick O’Donnell
Patrick O’Donnell started birding at the age of 7 in Niagara Falls, NY. A biologist by trade, he has worked on bird-related projects in a number of places and has guided birders in Ecuador, Peru, and Costa Rica. Patrick has lived in Costa Rica since 2007 and when not birding, writes about birds, travel and tourism, and other topics.