#1 Cano Negro Refuge, the Best birdwatching hotspot in Costa Rica?

Welcome to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. The birding destination in Costa Rica.

The right name of this national refuge in Costa Rica is “Caño Negro mixed Wildlife Refuge” with the “ñ” in Cano Negro.

Why Cano Negro Refuge is a great idea for your vacation in Costa Rica?

Because is an easy place to reach and a premium birding hotspot in Costa Rica.

Also, birding in Caño Negro Refuge is easy and is a birding destination in Costa Rica for everybody. From young to oldest people, and from newbies to experienced birdwatchers, Cano Negro Refuge will give you a great birdwatching experience in Costa Rica.

All birding tours in Cano Negro – Costa Rica are made by boat. You do not have to walk but focus on birding. And when you choose to stay at Hotel de Campo, the Cano Negro boat tour starts from the private dock at the hotel.

The best birding experience in Caño Negro is always along the river for most of the birds. Just in a few cases, we are going out to see birds. For example during the dry season, when some of the lagoons of Cano Negro are not accessible by boat.

Cano Negro Refuge, the Best birdwatching hotspot in Costa Rica?

According to Ebird.org, Caño Negro Refuge is in the top 3 hotspots to see birds in Costa Rica. I will not say that is the best one, we are not so arrogant, but it is a great birding destination in Costa Rica.

The full list of birds of Caño Negro is about 155 species. But let me be honest, a few of them are extremely rare to see, or even if are not rare species, they are hard to spot.

The average birding list in Cano Negro is about 50-80 species. Weather conditions, the level of the water of the lagoon, and the migration of the birds make a difference.

So, in case you have a birding list target, be sure to contact us. We will check the list with you.

A few of the most interesting birds to spot in Caño Negro can be:

  • Nicaraguan Grackle
  • Agami Heron
  • Yellow-breasted crake.
  • Black-collared hawk
  • Jabirú
  • Sungrebe
  • Pinnated Bittern
  • Least Bittern
  • Lesser Yellow head Vulture
  • Snail Kite
  • Harry’s Hawk
  • Bat falcon
  • Collared Forest Falcon
  • Pacific screech owl
  • Mottled Owl
  • Black and white owl
  • Common Potoo
  • Great Potoo
  • White-necked Jacobin
  • Bronzy Hermit
  • Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Green and Rufous kingfisher

And the list continues with woodpeckers, warblers during the dry season, toucans, and so on.

Again, and this is very important to have the greatest experience in Caño Negro Refuge, check your birding list before, and check your birding list with us.

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Wildlife watching in Cano Negro Refuge?

Yes of course. The National Refuge of Cano Negro is not only about birding but is also about wildlife.

Nature lovers will have a great experience in Cano Negro for sure.

Besides birds, Caño Negro Refuge is common to see the 3 kinds of Costa Rica monkeys, such as the howler monkey, spider monkey, and the white face capuchin monkey.

Also along the river, we have a few spots where is possible to see slots. It is a difficult animal, but we have it covered.

Caimans, iguanas and some time crocodiles is part of the Cano Negro boat tour.

If you are looking to experience wildlife in Costa Rica, you must experience the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.



Get more information about Birding vacations in Costa Rica by following these links:

Hotel de Campo Caño Negro – Costa Rica. It is the place to stay when your visit the refuge of Caño Negro.

Birding in Caño Negro – Costa Rica . This is the tour operator of Hotel de Campo. Here is where you can directly organize your birdwatching tour in Caño Negro.

Birding in Costa Rica Tours. A trustful travel agency for Private birding trips or birding on your own in Costa Rica

Boat tours in Caño Negro – Costa Rica. Be sure to visit Caño Negro Refuge when you opt for a 1-day tour to the Refuge of Caño Negro


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