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Santa Rosa National Park

Orange-fronted Parakeet Santa Rosa National Park is located just above the Nicoya Peninsula on the Northwest portion of the country and it protects over 60,000 hectares of Tropical Dry Forest. This park is adjacent to Guanacaste National Park which creates an important biological corridor into the mountains of the Guanacaste Mountain Range.

Another important reason for the creation of Santa Rosa N.P. is to be the site for La Casona, a historical building where the battle of 1856 was held, here the Costa Ricans kicked out a mercenary army led by the American William Walker who had already taken possession of Nicaragua.

To get to Santa Rosa National Park you travel North on the Panamerican Highway, the right turn to to reach the park is 33 km past Liberia. Ideally you could stay in Liberia if you want to visit the Park early enough to get good bird activity and wildlife in general or drive from Rincon de La Vieja Volcano area which will add a few more minutes on the road.

In the dry season starting in December this area is hit by strong winds that make across the low Guancaste Mountain Range, which can make birding a little more difficult, however some good evergreen patches can be excellent refuge for birds as it is also in this time when most trees here lose their leaves.

The road that leads into the park is good for Double-striped Thick-Knee, Thicket Tinamou, and Crested Bobwhite, and a greener patch of forest before you reach the site of La Casona can produce interesting birds like Long-tailed Manakin, Stub-tailed Spadebill, Ruddy Woodcreeper, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, and Rufous-and-White Wren.

Some Specialty birds for Santa Rosa National Park are:

Thicket Tinamou
Great Curassow
Crested Bobwhite
White-throated Magpie-Jay White-tailed Hawk
Double-striped Thick-Knee
Yellow-naped Parrot
Pacific Screech-Owl
Plain-capped Starthroat
Elegant Trogon
Black-headed Trogon
Ivory-billed Woodcreeper
Stub-tailed Spadebill
Long-tailed Manakin
White-throated Magpie-Jay
Rufous-and-White Wren
Banded Wren
White-lored Gnatcatcher
Western Tanager
Scrub Euphonia

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