The Scale-crested pygmy tyrant ranges from Costa Rica to Peru and Venezuela. It feeds primarily on insects. This particular individual was captured by scientists while conducting research in Las Cruces Biological Station, Costa Rica.


Tropical rainforests are home to many kinds of birds, including parrots, hornbills, toucans, and raptors like eagles, hawks, and vultures.

Some migratory birds live in rainforests during the winter and return to cooler regions during the spring and summer. For example, many songbirds that nest in the United States winter in Central America or even the Amazon.

Below you will find profiles for a few rainforest birds as well as a selection of photos. Please note there is more extensive information about rainforest birds, including specific species, at the main rainforest site.


Harpy eagle
Harpy eagle



  • African Grey Parrot
  • Asian Pied Hornbill
  • Black Capped Lory
  • Blue And Gold Macaw
  • Concave-Casqued Hornbill
  • Double Wattled Cassowary
  • Fiery-Billed Aracari
  • Golden-Neck Cassowary
  • Great Blue Turaco
  • Hyacinth Macaw
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • Milky Stork
  • Motmot
  • Nicobar Pigeon
  • Northern Cassowary
  • Parrot
  • Peacock
  • Rainbow Lorikeet
  • Red Lorikeet
  • Rhinoceros Hornbill more
  • Scarlet Ibis
  • Scarlet Macaw
  • Swainson's Toucan
  • Toucan
  • Western Crowned Pigeon
  • Wreathed Hornbill
  • Yellow-Crested Cockatoo

  • By Rhett Butler

    Date published: June 24, 2004 | Last updated: December 5, 2015