Birdwatching in Patagonia

Patagonia is one of the wildest lands remaining in the world. Both Argentina and Chile can be proud about this, as birdwatching destination. You will have the opportunity of seeing more than 400 species of birds, mammals, meet wild lanscapes, know local communities, taste the foods, visit indian reserves, and enjoy amazing birdwatching tours. Patagonia has 40 endemic bird species.

Patagonia has seven natural regions: the dry Monte region (endemic to Argentina), Patagonian steppes, wetlands, high Andean grasslands, Patagonian forest, central valley of Chile and the sea coast. All of them have their own bird communties and different opportunities for birdwatching.
Among all the various birding trips possible, the only one possible area to cover all the seven natural regions that make up Patagonia is in North-west, where in a single trip over 500Km where converges all this amazing biodiversity.

The patagonian forest area comprises 4 different types of forest, all of them in west, over or between Andes mountains: Araucaria forest (Monkey-puzzle tree), only in a little spot in Lake District, at north-west; Southern Beech Patagonian forest, the most common; Cipres's forest only at east of their range and Valdivian rainforest in the low lands of north-east until Pacific coast. Birds of Patagonian forest have plenty of endemisms, and great scenery for birding trips and tours.
In Lake District at north-west, you can look for the Patagonian forest endemics such as Magellanic Woodpecker, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Green-backed Firecrown or Austral Parakeet. It's a long list including White-throated Treerunner, Chilean Flicker, White-throated and Rufous-tailed Hawk or Austral Pygmy-Owl. The speciality of the humid Valdivian rainforest are the tapaculos, including Chucao Tapaculo, Black-throated Huet Huet and Magellanic Tapaculo.

The patagonian steppe offer the chance to find endemic species like the Rusty-backed Monjita or Austral Canastero, as well as Lesser Rhea, Andean Condor, Burrowing Parrot, Coscoroba Swan, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Spectacled Tyrant, Band-tailed Eremobius, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter, and Long-tailed Meadowlark.

In Monte region the target birds are Sandy Gallito, Elegant-crested Tinamou, Stripe-crowned Spinetail and Crested Gallito. In their valleys is also possible find the ingressions of species like Chiguanco Thrush, White-faced Ibis, Picui Ground-Dove, Great Pampa Finch and Spotted Nothura.

Wetlands are host big colonies of Upland Geese and Ashy-headed Geese and Spectacled Duck, among many other birds like Black-faced Ibis, Grass Wren, Cinereous Harrier, as well as ducks, teals and egrets. Lagoons of the area are habitat for Chilean Flamingo, Two-banded Plover, Silver Grebe, and South American Stilt.

High Andes is one of the most impressive landscapes of the world, plenty of volcanos and although bird diversity is lower, the silence is broken by the songs of the Yellow-bridled Finch, White-bellied Seedsnipe, Plumbeous Sierra Finch and Ground-Tyrants.

The Central Valley of Chile offer a couple of Chilean-endemics like Slender-billed Parakeet and Chilean Mockingbird.

Once in the patagonian pacific coast, you will see Oystercatchers, Sandpipers, Gulls, Terns, Black Skimmers and Flightless Steamer-Ducks, boobies, Peruvian Pelicans and Magellanic and Humboldt’s Penguins.

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