Tiskita is a birder's paradise with over 275 species recorded including endemic species found only in South Pacific Costa Rica and western Panama. For years, people have been coming to Tiskita for birdwatching. Tiskita has been restoring habitat for many species of birds by reforestation and supports a Scarlet Macaw reintroduction project.
The great diversity of birds in Tiskita can be attributed to several factors:
- Costa Rica is part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor
- South Pacific Costa Rica has various endemic species
- Tiskita has both primary and secondary tropical rainforest
- Tiskita is close to the beach and ocean
flashy forest birds
Examples of brightly colored birds in Tiskita are the Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, the Fiery-billed Aracari, the Slaty-tailed Trogon and a variety of euphonia's, manakins, honeycreepers and tanagers. Parrots are also represented, for example, by the Blue-headed Parrot and the bright red Scarlet Macaw.
Presently, 25 hummingbird species have been observed in Tiskita. Some of them, like the Violet-crowned Woodnymph and the Long-billed Hermit, are easy to spot around the lodge hovering over heleconia flowers. The smallest hummingbird species in Tiskita is the.
birds of prey
Some common species of birds of prey in Tiskita are the Spectacled Owl, Laughing Falcon, White Hawk and Swallow-tailed Kite.
Three types of vultures frequent Tiskita: the Black Vulture, the Turkey Vulture and the majestic King Vulture. The latter is an indicator species of primary tropical rainforest and is therefore rarer in Costa Rica than the Black Vulture and Turkey Vulture that require less specific habitat types.