Monteverde is a well-visited cloud-forest location with many good birding spots close by. You may transect several biological zones on the way up to the reserve. Several good hotels with natural environments make this a very good location for travelers.
As a cloud forest, Monteverde has become a prime destination for finding the Resplendent Quetzal. It's also a good place for high elevation birds like Ruddy Treerunner, Golden-browed Chlorophonia and Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush. Monteverde also has a great hummingbird gallery where birds like Coppery-headed Emerald are seen regularly. Three-Wattled Bellbirds are conspicuous around Monteverde during certain months and sing even in secondary growth.
Close by are Santa Elena and the San Gerardo Field Station. The San Gerardo site has a separate page here. The habitat at San Gerardo is at a lower elevation, and has a very different bird list than Monteverde. Monteverde Web Site