Police in Pérez Zeledón helped confiscate two pet birds from a U.S. citizen who left them in his car on a hot day.
The Fuerza Pública said that one was an African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) and the other was some type of cockatoo.
The vehicle containing the birds was in a bank parking lot while the owner was inside conducting business, said the police agency.
Passers-by made the call that brought police because they thought the birds were in danger from the heat, police said.
Workers form the Ministero de Ambiente y Energía arrived to confiscate both birds, the Fuerza Pública said.
The owner of the birds told police he was unaware that keeping such birds was against the law, they said. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the grey parrot as vulnerable. It is not native to Costa Rica. The birds were placed in a refugee.