Bare-necked umbrella bird at Monteverde

016Recently with some very special guests we (Francisco & Raquel Castro); owners of Cala Lodge took a trip to San Gerardo, one of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest biological stations, a special place we like to visit due to our passion for bird watching.

It was an amazing experience to be part of this journey.

Right at the beginning of our walk at “Tabacón trail” we were lucky enough to spot a Bare-necked Umbrellabird. It is a very rare and endangered bird species; frequent upper understory to mid-canopy of primary forest, sometimes visiting fruiting trees in adjacent tall second growth; eats fruits of palms, wild avocado family trees and some large insects.

This is altitudinal migrant specie going up and down the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica, following the fruiting seasons. It is a privilege to have this unique bird in the Monteverde area.

We truly invite you to come and enjoy this nature jewel and also encourage you to support the Children’s Eternal Rainforest and all its efforts to protect and preserve this important conservation area.


Francisco & Raquel Castro.

Leave a Comment