Seven nations; over 1,500 bird species; 155 Important Bird Areas; 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; 7 endemic bird areas; the southern ends of the Mayan and Aztec Empires and most of the Mesoamerican biodiversity hotspot; and over 200,000 square miles of phenomenal birding. This is Central America. Mexican specialty birds invade from the north and South American species enter from the south, making Central America a land bridge of birding magic. The motmots like it here, with 9 of the family’s 10 species occurring in the region. Four of the 5 toucan genera can be found in Central America, along with nearly one-third of the world’s hummingbirds and one-fifth of the world’s woodpeckers. Mammals also abound in Central America, which hosts all 5 genera of sloths and anteaters and the world’s greatest diversity of Procyonidae (raccoons and their relatives). Invite yourself to some of the best known birding spots in the world, as Central America has catered to birders for decades. Panama’s Canopy Tower, Costa Rica’s Rancho Naturalista, and the Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras are three places all birders should visit in their lifetimes. And these three are just the tip of the iceberg. With a little homework, you could explore mangroves, deserts, grasslands, and cloud forests in the same day. Do you like sunsets? Panama’s Isthmus of Darien is the only single place in the Western Hemisphere from which one can watch the sun rise in the Atlantic and set in the Pacific. If it all sounds a bit overwhelming, many of the planet’s birding tour companies offer guided trips to help you find the best of Central America. Whether you choose a group tour or travel independently, this amazing Neotropical land should be top of your bucket list.