The Hummingbird Effect

Explore Costa Rica’s biodiversity through its most beloved and vital creatures – hummingbirds.


    TODAY at 3:00PM

Costa Rica’s motto is Pura Vida - Pure Life - and this deceptively small country is bursting with some of the most spectacular wildlife and pristine ecosystems in the world. All this diversity thrives, in part, thanks to one surprising little creature: hummingbirds. Venture across Costa Rica’s wild and rugged landscapes, from volcanic peaks to coastal jungle to misty cloud forests, and discover the nation’s dazzling diversity of hummingbirds. There are more than 50 species of hummingbirds here, and they play an outsize role in maintaining some of the richest and wildest environments on Earth.

Noteworthy Facts:

  • There are more than 50 species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica, making them key architects of every possible environment in the country.
  • Hummingbirds are driven by nectar, and their specialized bodies are built for harvesting this sugary fuel from flowers.
  • A unique rotator cuff and wing design allows hummingbirds to flap their wings in a figure eight pattern, making them the only birds in the world that can fly backwards.