A visit to the Jocotoco bird reserve

This beautiful little oasis with open, bushy slopes, large, old trees covered with bromeliads and a small creek is home to many beautiful birds.This small piece of land only came to the attention of biologists in 1998 when the then believed to be extinct Pale-headed Brushfinch (Atlapetes pallidiceps) was rediscovered.

During a visit on an early morning in March we had the good fortune to be able to observe a German biologist and her colleague.

Birds are caught in special nets to take blood, to weigh and mark them with a ring. The population growths is closely monitored to ensure a healthy development. The Stripe-headed Brushfinch (Buarremon torquatus) also flew into the nets and we got a close look at yet another specimen .
A lot of heart and soul is put into this work – which is often performed under very difficult circumstances.

A few months later when we went back up the hill to the bird reserve shortly before sunset, we encountered countless hummingbirds stocking up on their sugar reserve. What a beautiful sight!


The Sanctuario Hibiscus is located approximately 3.5km from the Jocotoco bird reserve. The park ranger at the entrance welcomes you upon prior agreement. We are happy to organize a visit.

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