Discover Drake Bay, Costa Rica Travel and Adventure!
The Osa Peninsula is one
of the most biodiverse regions in the world. With nearly 400 species
of birds contributing to this biodiversity, the region is also one of Costa
Rica's premiere bird watching destinations. At Drake Bay Rainforest
Chalet both the novice and professional alike will find the area
habitat-par-excellence for antbirds, manakins, toucans, and other Neotropical
families. The Osa is also home to one of the largest populations of
scarlet macaws in Central America.
Weather your vantage point is the
balcony of Drake Bay Rainforest Chalet, margarita in hand, or a fern-lined
stream bed in Corcovado, opportunities to spot the tropics most stunning
birds abound. At Drake Bay Rainforest Chalet, we encourage guests to
witness, admire, and delight in these stunning tropical beauties.
introduce you to your "neighbors," the chalet's library contains a copy of
A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica, as well as recordings of over 184
species of bird songs, which you're welcome to play over the chalet's home
entertainment system. You will also find a collection of books and articles
devoted to our prized avifauna.
Did you know...
With an area no larger than
West Virginia, Costa Rica claims an avifauna of 850 species, more than all
of North America.
There are 330 species of
Hummingbirds, all restricted to the New World. Most are tropical, with
almost one-fifth found in Costa Rica alone. Only 16 species are known to
migrate and breed in all of North America.
Hummingbird heart rates reach
1,260 beats per minute and some species beat their wings approximately 80
times per second.
While hummingbirds are
nectar feeding specialists, they also eat small insects and spiders, which
represent their main source of protein and other nutrients.
The Rainforest Chalet has a
resident long-tailed hermit hummingbird named "El Zorro." Each day, El
Zorro enters the chalet through an open window. The masked-bird will
spend several minutes inspecting the joyces and windows high above, removing
any tiny insects or spiders that may have wondered in. Not only the
source of much entertainment, El Zorro maintains the chalet's 16-foot
ceilings conspicuously free of cobwebs.
More than 200 species of
migrant birds fly to Costa Rica each year. While most come from North
America, a few of the seabirds arrive from as far away as New Zealand,
Antarctica, and Siberia. These birds fly to Costa Rica to escape the
harsh winters, making long, arduous journeys over land and sea.
On its way to Costa Rica, the
ruby-throated hummingbird makes a nonstop 500-mile flight over the Gulf of