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TALARI RESERVE

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# Species:229
# Excl Vagrants:229
# Endemics:0
# Near Endemics:17
Habitat: Secondary forest

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Talari Mountain Lodge and reserve protects a small patch of subtropical forest in an otherwise heavy agricultural area of south central Costa Rica. The reserve offers a nice introduction to tropical birds and is a good place to find several specialties of southern Costa Rica. Of notable interest is Turquoise Cotinga, a quite erratic species that is uncommonly seen around Talari. The gardens and forest offer good opportunities to see and photograph more common species as well as southern specialties such as Fiery-billed Aracari, Red-crowned Woodpecker, and Scarlet-rumped Tanager. Hummingbird feeders at the lodge attract some of the more southern hummingbirds like Canivet's Emerald and Garden Emerald. Finally, Talari Mountain Lodge is a good base for those wishing to visit Alexander Skutch's old homestead at Los Cusingos Bird Sanctuary.

LOCATION OF SITE

Talari Mountain Lodge and reserve is located 10 minutes northwest of San Isidro in El Valle de El General on the banks of the Rio General in south-central Costa Rica. It's at the beginning of the road to Chirripo National Park and about 20 minutes from Los Cusingos Bird Sanctuary.