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Argentina

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Argentina is the second largest country in South America home to around 1000 species. With a wide variety of biomes, it projects from the cold and temperate climates of Patagonia up north, to the tropic of Capricorn. The Andes cordillera runs along the western edge, declining gradually to the east into the pampas plains to finally end on the extensive Atlantic coastline.

About a dozen species are endemics and another thirty near endemic or endemic breeders. This can be added to several specialties for which Argentina is the best place to look, and the spectacular ones such as Rheas, Seriemas, Penguins, Tapaculos and numerous weird waders such as Diademed Plover, Painted Snipe, Magellanic Plover, Seedsnipes and Sheathbills. The tropical north holds Toucans, Trogons, Tanagers, Antbirds, Manakins and Hummingbirds.

Birding in Argentina is comparatively easy compared to other South American countries. It’s a totally modern country, slightly European in atmosphere, with good infrastructure and safe to travel in. The challenge is the sheer size of the country, and the birding strategy applied must always take this into consideration. In four-five weeks it is possible to include all corners of Argentina: Two weeks for the south, and the other divided between Northwest and Northeast. The choice would be highly dependent on the birder’s experience in the region, but it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that Argentina is perfect to start your South American list: within the diverse avifauna of the Neotropical region, most of the bird families and many genera are represented within Argentina’s diverse geography. So it’s ideal for learning the groups and working your way up north into other tropical countries, where too many species are sometimes overwhelming and difficult to retain.

Airlines cover the whole country and, alternatively, there is an extensive system of long-distance buses. Road conditions are generally good, but travelling distances are usually big and some of the best birding areas are only reachable with 4x4 vehicles, so, even low budget birding in Argentina turns out more expensive than in many other Latin American countries due to the generally higher cost of living.

For people who prefer travelling in a group together with professional leadership, many of the top birding tour operators have years of experience in the country and visit all the main birding spots. Particularly in key areas, it’s convenient to have help from local birding specialists as they will save time (and money) pinpointing the precise areas for certain species, which is the case of the Endangered Hooded Grebe in Patagonia.

The southern summer is the right time for travelling to Argentina. Springtime between October and January is probably the best, but all the other months are fine for the northern half of the country. In contrast, you should avoid travelling to the south in wintertime.

The birding regions comprise of the following:

Buenos Aires
The capital, is a great place to make base after a long flight, as there are excellent birding areas nearby, including the famous Costanera Sur Nature Reserve. See Neotropical Birding Club (link) and The Urban Birder (link) sites for articles regarding the area. The typical habitats are those of the Pampas plains and the nearby Plata and Paraná rivers. The woods and savannas of the adjacent province of Entre Rios are spectacular with Otamendi National Park lying on the way. On the other hand, a 280 km trip to the south leads to San Clemente and Punta Rasa areas, on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. A pelagic trip can be organized close by. The whole area is an excellent introduction to Argentina, with species such as Greater Rhea, Coscoroba and Black-necked Swans, Southern Screamer, Rosy-billed Pochard, Giant Wood-Rail, Olrog’s Gull, Painted Snipe, Chequered Woodpecker, Guira Cuckoo, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Rufous Hornero, Straight-billed and Curve-billed Reedhaunters, Spectacled Tyrant, Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch, Red-crested Cardinal, Great Pampa-Finch, Ultramarine Grosbeak, Scarlet-headed Blackbird.

From here you will continue your trips to either south or north Argentina.

The South
Includes the vast region of steppes and south-beech forest known as Patagonia, from Bahía Blanca on the coast and Bariloche in the Andes, down to Tierra del Fuego. The famous Valdes Peninsula and the Glaciers of Santa Cruz are here. Approximately half of the endemics can be found in the region, as well as nearly 60 specialties which are only shared with adjacent Chile. Some examples of exclusively Patagonian birds are Patagonian Tinamou, Magellanic Penguin, Hooded Grebe, Imperial Shag, Black-faced Ibis, four species of Geese and all the Steamer-Ducks, Bronze-winged Duck, Chilean Hawk, Rufous-tailed Hawk, White-throated Caracara, Austral Rail, Blackish and Magellanic Oystercatchers, Magellanic Plover, White-bellied Seedsnipe, Snowy Sheathbill, Dolphin Gull, Chilean Pigeon, Austral Parakeet, Rufous-legged Owl, Austral Pygmy-Owl, Green-backed Firecrown, Striped Woodpecker, Chilean Flicker, Magellanic Woodpecker, Short-billed Miner, Dark-bellied Cinclodes, Des Murs’Wiretail, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Austral Canastero, Black-throated Huet-huet, Chucao Tapaculo, Ochre-flanked Tapaculo, Magellanic Tapaculo, Patagonian Tyrant, Fire-eyed Diucon, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, Great Shrike-Tyrant, Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter, Austral Thrush, Patagonian Sierra-Finch, White-bridled Finch, Yellow-bridled Finch, Patagonian Yellow-Finch, Austral Blackbird, Black-chinned Siskin.

Endemic birds in this region include Chubut Steamer Duck, Sandy Gallito, White-throated Cacholote, Patagonian Canastero, Rusty-backed Monjita and Carbonated Sierra-Finch.

Bahía Blanca and San Antonio Oeste are two key areas for finding endemics, typical of Monte scrub and grassland specialties such as Pampas Meadowlark, Chaco Pipit and Yellow Cardinal. Adjacent coastal habitats are good for gulls, terns and waders.

Peninsula Valdés and Punta Tombo are probably the best known areas in coastal Patagonia, as they hold the largest Magellanic Penguin colony and other excellent birding areas, as well as several marine mammals including Orcas, Southern Right Whales, Southern Sea Lions and Southern Elephant Seals.

Bariloche is located at the same latitude but nestled in the Andes range. A city with a typical alpine atmosphere, it is a perfect base to explore the south-beech forest and high Andes habitats.

Santa Cruz province comprises the extreme south of the continent and is home for some of the most sought after birds, including the Hooded Grebe, discovered in 1974, the Austral Rail rediscovered in 1998, and the very elusive Patagonian Tinamou.

On the island of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia is an excellent birding area and the gateway to Antarctica, as many expedition cruises leave from there. It is therefore not uncommon for many Antarctica travellers to take advantage of the long trip and add some birding in Argentina before or after the cruise.

The North
Close to the tropic of Capricorn, a cross section from West to East cuts through an extraordinary succession of habitats, from the high Puna Altiplano in the northwest to the north-eastern Atlantic rainforest, and all that’s in between: the Yungas Cloudforest, the Monte Scrub, the Dry and Wet Chaco and the Iberá Marshlands. It’s not surprising then, that this is the country’s area with the highest diversity and building up a 500 species list is not uncommon on a three week trip.

The North-West includes the Andes Altiplano, home of the Puna habitats and high Andean lakes, the mountain forest or Yungas Cloudforest and the dry valleys, home to the endemic Monte scrub. The area is particularly important for endemics, since all the following can be found in the area: Moreno's Ground Dove, Sandy Gallito, White-browed Tapaculo, Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, White-throated Cacholote, Steinbach's Canastero and Yellow-striped Brush-Finch. This region is also the best place to look for near endemic Tucuman-Mountain Finch, and the rare Rufous-throated Dipper and Red-faced Guan.

The North East comprises three areas where the bird diversity reaches its highest point: the massive wetland system of Iberá, the humid savannas of the Chaco and the rain forest of Iguazú falls on the border with Brazil. There are no endemics in the area, but several specialties and many spectacular birds, such as Jabiru Stork, Black-fronted Piping-Guan, five species of toucans, Black-collared Hawk, Yellow-breasted Crake, Large-billed Tern, Sickle-winged Nightjar, Spot-backed Antshrike, Speckle-breasted Antpitta, Spotted Bamboowren, Strange-tailed Tyrant, Blue Manakin, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow and numerous tanagers.

Tucuman province is usually the starting point of the trips to the northwest mountains, offering a good sample of forest, grasslands and dry valleys. Working your way north, you will pass through the beautiful landscapes of Salta province where one can virtually encounter all the habitats of the region: Yungas, Monte, Chaco and High Andes.

Calilegua National Park is probably the best site for cloudforest species, as it ranges from 800m to 1600 m and you can encounter species from every different forest type.

Humahuaca Gorge, a world heritage site in the northernmost Jujuy Province, is where you reach the Puna Altiplano, a magic place to look for plentiful passerines and the most fascinating water birds such as Horned and Giant Coots, James’s, Andean and Chilean Flamingos, Andean Goose, Puna Plover, Andean Avocet and many others.

Cordoba province is a great choice if you want to add some days previous to your north-western trip, as you can score three more endemics: Cordoba and Olrog`s Cinclodes and Salinas Monjita. The mountains and flatlands of the area hold excellent areas with plenty of habitats ranging from Chaco woodlands, desert scrub and highland grasslands, home to Spot-winged Falconet, Black-bodied Woodpecker, Chaco Puffbird, Chaco Owl, Scissor-tailed Nightjar and Black-and-chestnut Warbling-Finch.

Mendoza province, although not commonly visited by the majority of birding trips, has the highest mountains in America, with the Aconcagua peak reaching 6962 m. A main highway leads directly into central Chile, which can be used not just for birding in both regions, but also for tasting some of the best wines in the world!

Iberá marshes are one of the greatest wetland ecosystems of the world. Comparable to the llanos of Venezuela and the Brazilian Pantanal, it is protected on most of its extension and holds an incredible and diverse wildlife. Jabiru Stork, Crested Doradito, Black-and-white Monjita, Strange-tailed Tyrant, Ochre-breasted Pipit, Saffron-cowled Blackbird and numerous Seedeaters of the enigmatic Sporophila group are some of the bird examples to look for here.

The Grand Chaco is an area of woods and wet savannah where hard wood forests intermingle with palm groves, marshes and grasslands. The Chaco is an excellent place to look for a variety of birds on each of the mentioned environments. Red-legged Seriema, Black-hooded Parakeet, Chaco Chachalaca and Golden-green Woodpecker are some examples of typical Chaco denizens.

Iguazú falls and Misiones province holds the largest patch of Atlantic rain forest, an ecosystem which formerly spread continuously into neighbouring Brazil and Paraguay. This is, without doubt, one of the birder’s paradises of Argentina and an absolute must in South America. With a province list of 500 species and 400 just in the Iguazú national park, it would be difficult to choose the right bird examples, but perhaps a swarm of 5000 Great-dusky Swifts swarming above the roaring mist of the falls would give you an idea of the area’s potential? Other good birding areas lie south of the national park, which can be reached on a day trip or on a (highly recommendable) extended time in the area.

Top Sites

Iberá Wetlands

The huge Iberá wetlands, in the northeastern province of Corrientes, is a must with great birding in lagoons reed beds and tall grass. Not far from there is another prolific region: the Chaco, with its diverse vegetation including palms and 'quebracho' forests.

National and Provincial Parks

- Argentina has many National and Provincial Parks dotted throughout the country. All of them are excellent for birding. Each park protects very different natural environments, assuring a wide variety of bird species. Most are also beautifully scenic. Touring these parks will take you to the cloudforests of Calilegua in the north-western province of Jujuy, the dry and wet regions of the Chaco, the andean forests near Bariloche and Esquel, the palm-belt near Colon in Entre Ríos province, or marine birds from the coasts of Tierra del Fuego

Other Top Sites:

Costanera Sur Nature Reserve, Otamendi Nature Reserve, Entre Ríos marshes and woodlands, The Pampas of San Clemente & Punta Rasa coastal reserve, Bahía Blanca grasslands and bays, San Antonio Oeste scrubland, Valdés Peninsula &Punta Tombo, Bariloche Southern beech woods, Santa Cruz province, Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego, Tafí del Valle and Tucumán, Calilegua National Park, Humahuaca Gorge, Córdoba central hills and Salinas Grandes, The Grand Chaco, Iguazú falls and Misiones province

Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn, in Patagonia, is a good base from which to explore both the coast and the steppe. From here many tours offer day trips to Punta Tombo, the largest Magellanic Penguin colony, or to see the curious wildlife of the Valdéz Peninsula

Rainforests of Misiones

The rainforests of Misiones support a vast diversity of birds, while also offering a chance to see the spectacular Iguazú falls. A guide is recommended for this destination due to the difficulty of identification of very similar birds, and also to expose many species that often remain hidden in the undergrowth.

Contributor

Introduction - German Pugnali, Hernan Casañas & Patsy Wharton

*Seriema Nature Tours

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Gunnar Engblom [Top Sites]

Kolibri Expeditions

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Number of Species

Number of bird species: 1053

As at July 2016

Endemics

Number of endemics: 11 [Endemic Breeders]

Hooded Grebe, Olrog's Gull, Hudson's Canastero, Grey-crowned Tyrannulet, Dinelli's Doradito, Lesser Shrike-tyrant, Black-crowned Monjita, Hudson's Black-Tyrant, Chaco Pipit, White-banded Mockingbird, Cinnamon Warbling-Finch.

Number of endemics: 14

Chubut Steamer Duck, Moreno's Ground Dove, Sandy Gallito, White-browed Tapaculo, Cordoba Cinclodes , Olrog’s Cinclodes, Buff-breasted Earthcreeper, White-throated Cacholote, Steinbach's Canastero, Patagonian Canastero, Rusty-backed Monjita , Salinas Monjita, Yellow-striped Brush-Finch, Carbonated Sierra-Finch.

Number of endemics: 22 [Near Endemics - 90% or more of their distribution is in Argentina]

Elegant Crested-Tinamou, Patagonian Tinamou, Hooded Grebe, Austral Rail, Dot-winged Crake, Olrog's Gull, Burrowing Parrot, Creamy-rumped Miner, Band-tailed Earthcreeper , Bay-capped Wren-Spinetail, Hudson's Canastero, Dinelli's Doradito, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, Patagonian Mockingbird, Stripe-capped Sparrow, Yellow Cardinal, Red-backed Sierra-Finch, Cinnamon Warbling-Finch, Tucuman Mountain- Finch, Patagonian Yellow-Finch, Pampas Meadowlark.

Checklist

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Useful Reading

*Birds of Argentina and Uruguay - A field guide

[GOLD EDITION] by Tito Narosky, Dario Yzurieta & Hector Rivarola (Illustrator), Marioano Moldes (Translator) - Paperback - 348 pages - 15th Edition - (May 2003) [The English translation of 1st edition by Maurice Earnshaw - Vazquez Mazzini Editores [This is the field guide to the area most often used by locals]

ISBN: 987913205X

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A Guide to the Birds and Mammals of Coastal Patagonia

Graham Harris Hardcover - 251 pages ( 9 November, 1998) Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691058318

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Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Argentina

by Juan Mazar Barnett & Mark Pearman from Lynx Edicions 2001 In Spannish & English

ISBN: 8487334326

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Illustrated Checklist: Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica

Martin de la Pena Paperback - 224 pages (September 1997) HarperCollins Natural History

ISBN: 0002200775

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Where to Watch Birds in South America

Nigel Wheatley Paperback - 336 pages (27 October, 1994) Christopher Helm

ISBN: 0713639091

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National Bird

Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus

Guides & Tour Operators

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Andean Birding

Tour Operator

Andean Birding is a birdwatching tour company providing top bird guides, customized itineraries and logistics for your visit to the Andes, Amazon and Galapagos in Ecuador, as well as Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Mexico. In addition, we conduct bird conservation and conduct ornithological research…

Argentinean Birdwatching Guide

Tour Operator

Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world with many climate conditions and habitats. Currently its bird list exceeds 1050 species with 390 of them thriving in Central Region where I lived. This area is home for many endemic and endangered birds and each year, in summer, is visited for migrant birds from Northern Hemisphere and north of South America changing in winter with birds coming from Patagonia. I think Cordoba is the best place for to begin knowing birds in this big country. I´m birdwatching guide and wildlife photographer. Maybee I can help you planning your bird trip and them wait for you. We will enjoy looking birds.
Juan Carlos Grasso

Asetur Misiones

Tour Operator

ASETUR MISIONES is a local tourism that will offer the best prices in the market.We give professional advice to the tourist so they can visit Misiones as much as they want and we also schedule the tours according to the tourists preferences and needs. We provide people accomodation, tours to different places in the province and all the services that you may need during your trip. We can get the best price and you only have to see which are your priorities according to your budget.The birds that belong to the forest of the Iguazú National Park are the following: the magpie (a kind of bird); the huí-parrot (a species of parrot); the Martín Pescador (a kind of bird); the toucans, the thrushes, the woodpeckers, the herons, the teros, the swallows and the yacutinga (a kind of bird).

Birding Ecotours

Tour Operator

Argentina is blessed with some amazing scenery and birds to go with it. The northwest has some fantastic birding, with high Andes Puna down to cloud forest, where several endemic and regional specialties can be found, like Moreno’s Ground Dove, Rufous-throated Dipper, James’s, Chilean, and Andean Flamingos, and Red-faced Guan, to name a few….

Birding Pal

Information

Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Cactus Expeditions

Tour Operator

Several birding itineraries.

Clark Expeditions

Tour Operator

Birdwatching, Natural-History, Adventure and Wildlife Expeditions - We are a small tour-company with main office in Salta province, in the Andean North of our country. Totally devoted to the Ecotourism and Nature-based Expeditions, our programs include Wildlife Safaris to the National Parks, Trekking and Natural-History Tours, all over northern Argentina. We specialise in Birdwatching Tours, which we operate at the highest quality throughout southern South America including some of the most important areas often with the most difficult access, in the Paraguayan Chaco, the Brazilian Pantanal, the Amazonian and Yungas forests of Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. We cater to both, individuals with tailor-made itineraries and groups being operated by overseas companies.

Francisco Cornell - Jujuy Birding

Tour Operator

Since 2000, I've been guiding international birders (mostly from UK, USA & Canada) to show them the best birding in the region; one of the activities I enjoy most is to share my experience with people with the same interests. In 2005 I became an official guide of the Calilegua National Park; in 2009 co-authored the Bird Checklist of the Jujuy Province…

Juan Carlos Grasso- Argentinean Birdwatching Guide

Tour Operator

Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world with many climate conditions and habitats. Currently its bird list exceeds 1050 species with 390 of them thriving in Central Region where I lived. This area is home for many endemic and endangered birds and from here there are many routes at the best points in the other provinces of our country. I’m Birdwatching Guide and currently, I work as wildlife photographer, researching about our flora and fauna. Maybe I can help you planning your bird trip. I’m available anytime and surely, we will enjoy looking for birds…

Luis Horacio Segura - Professional Tour Guide

Tour Operator

Professional Tour Guide of the Province of Chubut, Argentina. Birdwatching Tour Leader for Argentina and neighbor countries.

Magellanic Nature Tours

Tour Operator

Our Target is to give you everything you need to be able to see and photograph your favorite birds in Argentina. I offer Birdwatching tours and photographic safaris in Buenos Aires, Corrientes (Marshlands), Misiones (Iguazu Falls), Chubut, Santa Cruz, Tierra del Fuego. Develop tailor-made programs…

Rockjumper Birding Tours

Tour Operator

Argentina encompasses an incredible array of habitats, ranging from lowland rainforests to alpine deserts, Pampas grasslands to thorny woodlands, and the vast Iberá Marshes to the mighty, rainforest-cloaked Iguazú Falls. Our tour explores all of these habitats, while an extension to Patagonia allows us to experience some of Argentina’s most spectacular scenery.

Seriema Nature Tours

Tour Operator

Seriema Nature Tours is company based in Argentina, which focuses in Birding Tours and Natural History Tours. Since 1991, our directors and guides have been leading and organizing trips throughout southern South America…

Trogon Tours

Tour Operator

Trogon Tours is the official nature travel company of Birding Argentina, the leading birding and nature specialists for southern South America since 2001… Birding Trips are available to ALL provinces!

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2008 [11 November] - David Shackelford - Specialities of Patagonia

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Southern Argentina is as diverse a region as it is vast, extending from the rolling Pampas grasslands and dry desert coast to the southern forests of Patagonia flanking the high snow-covered Andes. A congenial and high-spirited group, we had a fantastic experience covering this extensive territory over land, air, and sea all the while admiring the unforgettable birds and wildlife combined with breathtaking scenery and landscapes…

2008 [11 November] - Hector Slongo

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…We also found several species typical of the Chaco area such as the Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Lark-like Brushrunner, Black-crested Finch, Little Thornbird, Chaco Puffbird, Spot-winged Falconet and the rare Black-bodied Woodpecker. Later we continued on to Tucuman, close to the Andes Range…

2009 [11 November] - Nick Athanas

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This was the first of a pair of custom Northwest Argentina tours I led in the spring of 2009. It was a fairly fast-paced trip, designed that way due to limited vacation time available to some of the group. We covered a lot of ground and crammed in a lot of great sites in this beautiful and lightly populated part of the country…

2009 [12 December] - David Shackleford - Northwest Argentina

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…However, upon closer inspection it was found to host a collection of interesting wildlife, including family groups of Lesser Rheas striding across the plains, entertaining Elegant-crested Tinamou, Chilean Flamingo, Cinereous Harriers quartering over the landscape, a cooperative Scale-throated Earthcreeper, Two-banded Plover and flocks of the impressive Burrowing Parrot…

2010 [10 October] - Luis Segura

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…Traveling through the Pampas, we were delighted by the innumerable streams, lagoons, reed beds and natural grasslands teeming with large flocks of water birds, including Fulvous and White-faced Whistling-Ducks, Coscoroba and Black-necked Swans, stunning Silver Teals posing nicely for close up photos, along with Spot- flanked Gallinule, all three species of white egrets (Cattle, Snowy and Western Great), Maguari Stork and White-faced Ibis, amongst many others. Passerines thrive here as well, and we enjoyed views of Masked Gnatcatcher, Black-and-Rufous Warbling Finch, Red-crested Cardinal, Sulphur-bearded and Spix’s Spinetails, Freckle-breasted Thornbird, Southern Yellowthroat, Yellow-winged Blackbird and Argentina’s national bird, Rufous Hornero, to name but a few…

2012 [12 December] - Nock Athanas

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…We had several regional specialties here including amazing views of the often difficult Sulphur-throated Spinetail, numerous Black-and- rufous Warbling-Finches, and a few Freckle-breasted Thornbirds. Gray-necked Wood-Rails scurried around everywhere, and we even had one Giant Wood-Rail. We saw several other species here that we saw nowhere else on the trip, including Sooty-fronted Spinetail, White-crested Tyrannulet, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Spectacled Tyrant, White-winged Becard, Chalk-browed Mockingbird, Yellow-winged Blackbird, and Chestnut-capped Blackbird…

2013 [01 January] - Michael Tanis - Argentina, Falkland Islands, and Chile

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…The park in front of the Marriot had large trees, and so we saw Rock Pigeons, Rufous Hornero, Picazuro Pigeon, Eared Dove, and Monk Parakeets, with Turkey Vultures overhead. We enjoyed a delicious steak dinner at Parrilla Pena. We walked the 3km back to the hotel at 9pm, which maybe wasn’t the safest thing to do, but had no incidents along the way…

2013 [03 March] - Richard Webb

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2013 [04 April] - Marcelo Padua & Rodrigo Tapia - Chile & Argentina

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…On arrival we headed to the mouth of the Maipo River. There it was sensory overload with the sheer numbers of individual birds after several days in dry habitats on the Argentine side. Hundreds of Franklin's Gulls with their rosy plumage and the complex palette of Many-colored Rush-Tyrants were in strong contrast to the brown tones of desert birds. And the coast treated us to excellent looks at Humboldt Penguins and Inca Terns, while some time inland produced White-throated and Dusky tapaculos as well as great looks at Rufous-tailed Plantcutter…

2013 [08 August] - Ian Davies

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…This valley, in addition to the earthcreepers, had Ornate Tinamou, Slender-billed Miner, Cordilleran Canastero, and Cinereous Ground-Tyrant, as well as a curious Andean Fox that followed me as close as 3-4 meters away at times….

2013 [12 December] - Mark Pearman

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Eleven superb Hooded Grebes on a remote volcanic cauldron lake was one of the very top prizes for participants of this tour. Although the tarmac is getting ever closer to the grebe, and it is now even possible to sometimes reach them by minibus…

2014 [01 January] - Dustin Marsh - Ibera Marshes via Ituzaingo

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…The previous day was hot and humid, and this day was cloudy, windy, cool and with occasional rain. Not the best birding conditions. However, we were still able to see quite a good number of species as we drove about the roads traversing the marshes. Waterbirds such as Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Maguari Stork, Wood Stork, Black-crowned Night Herons and White-Necked Herons were abundant…

2014 [03 March] - Richard Webster & Gustavo Bautista - Santa Marta

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…The same open area was birded initially where saw woodpeckers and a flycatcher et cetera prior to walking the same trail but this time to its end and again seeing little. The exception was a couple of White- tipped Doves and a pair of White-rimmed Warblers….

2014 [11 November] - Dave Stejskal - Southern Argentina

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...a migrant flock of extraordinary Tawny-throated Dotterels, the strange Patagonian Cavy or Mara, dozens of giant Southern Elephant Seals lounging on the beaches at the eastern end, distant Orcas feeding in a protected lagoon, close flyby giant-petrels -- both Northern and Southern -- riding the onshore winds, endemic Rusty-backed Monjitas, local Patagonian Yellow-Finches, and so much more. A little farther north, in southern Rio Negro Province near the small seaside town of Las Grutas, our efforts there over a couple of days produced some rarely seen birds, namely White-throated Cacholote, Sandy Gallito, Straneck's Tyrannulet, Hudson's Black-Tyrant, Black-crowned Monjita, White-banded Mockingbird, Carbonated Sierra-Finch, and Cinnamon Warbling-Finch...

2014 [11 November] - Dave Stejskal & Willy Perez - Northwestern Argentina

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...The Chaco was possibly the hardest place for us on the trip, but there was a lot of good birding to had nevertheless. Highlights were Stripe-backed Antbird and a possible split, the "Red-billed" Scythebill found here. In the Yungas we were especially lucky with nightbirds, including a perched Rufous Nightjar. The Montane Forest Screech-Owl was the winner the first night, it was soon surpassed the next night when a Lyre-tailed Nightjar gave us a fantastic show....

2014 [11 November] - Hector Slongo - Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego

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...We stayed near the city of Ushuaia, the most important human settlement in the island of Tierra del Fuego. From there we visited the Tierra del Fuego National Park, which protects 67,000 hectares of mountains, forest, and lakes. Then we took a lovely hike up to the glacial cirque of El Martial Glacier above the city, where we found ground-tyrants and Yellow-bridled Finch and experienced a landscape full of colors, space, and wilderness. A day excursion through the Beagle Channel was also memorable, where effortless Black-browed Albatrosses and Southern Fulmars challenged the rough waters....

2014 [11 November] - Nick Athanas - Northwest Argentina

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Spring in Northwest Argentina is a wonderful time. The scenery through much of the trip is spectacular any time of the year, but add in the colorful and exuberant vegetation, superb climate, and hundreds of cool birds in the midst of their breeding frenzy, and you get really extraordinary tour. We had a number of memorable sightings, clearly topped by the superb Chaco Owl whose photo headlines this report....

2014 [12 December] - Mark Pearman

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...This came nicely off the back of an almost perfect string of goodies starting in Córdoba with Cordoba and Olrog’s Cinclodes, as well as Spot-winged Falconet, Blue-tufted Starthroat and the wonderful endemic Salinas Monjita, before birding the Pampas southwards. Top birds there included the outrageous Straight-billed Reedhaunter, unbelievable walk-about views of both Red-and-white and Dot-winged Crakes (as in 2013), dozens of wonderful South American Painted Snipe flying from our feet, not to mention the declining Pampas Meadowlark and other quality Pampas birds such as Hudson’s Canastero, Bearded Tachuri and Pampas Pipit...

2015 [07 July] - Catherine McFadden - Atlantic Forest

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At that time we had decided that we would return someday to bird the Atlantic forest region of eastern Brazil, a rapidly disappearing habitat that is home to an astounding 180 or so endemic species. Cathy's plans to attend an international conference near Sao Paulo in June 2015 now provided us with the perfect opportunity to tack on a two week birding trip plus a visit to Iguazú Falls, a site we'd long wanted to see. Early July (mid-winter in the southern hemisphere) is not, however, the optimal time to bird the Atlantic forest. Many species are not calling prior to the start of the breeding season, some endemics (Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Black-legged Dacnis, Frilled Coquette) are absent, and others (White-bearded Antshrike, Slaty Bristlefront) simply don’t seem to respond to tape at this time of year. On the plus side, the temperatures are very pleasant (especially along the coast where it can be beastly hot in summer), and the weather is supposed to be dry. Or so we were told.

2015 [10 October] - Luis Segura - Northern Argentina

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...Walking along the riverside and the lakeshore, we managed to find some wonderful birds including Straneck’s Tyrannulet, White-tipped Pluntcutter, Blue-crowned Parakeet, Tawny-headed Swallow, White-winged Mockingbird, Checkered Woodpecker and great views of Crested Gallito. A small marshy patch was home to Wattled Jacana and a Plumbeous Rail pair with two chicks. Finally, Black-necked Swan, Great Grebe and White-tufted Grebe were also present on the lake...

2015 [10 October] - Thomas Plath - Northeast Argentina

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Highlights: Red-winged Tinamou and Tataupa Tinamous, Spotted Nothura, Southern Screamer, Rust-margined Guan, Ringed and Brazilian Teal, Red Shoveler, Southern Wigeon, Spot-winged Quail, Giant and Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail, Spot-flanked Gallinule, Snowy Sheathbill, Snowycrowned Tern, Olrog’s Gull, Black Jacobin, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Red-breasted and Toco Toucans, Spot-billed Toucanet, Bay-capped Wren-Spinetail, Rufous-capped and Chotoy and Sulphur-throated Spinetail, Curve-billed and Straight-billed Reedhaunter, Giant Antshrike, Variegated Antpitta, Short-tailed Anthrush, Southern Antpipit, Spotted Bamboo Wren, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, White-bearded and Blue Manakins, Eastern Slaty Thrush, Blackand-Rufous Warbling-Finch, Long-tailed Reed-Finch, Ruby-crowned, Diademed and Greenheaded Tanagers, Chestnut-capped and Scarlet-headed Blackbird

2015 [11 November] - Andrés Vásquez - Northwest Argentina

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Northwest Argentina is an incredible place and a wonderful birding destination. It is one of those locations you feel like you are crossing through Wonderland when you drive along some of the most beautiful landscapes in South America adorned by dramatic rock formations and deep-blue lakes. So you want to stop every few kilometers to take pictures and when you look at those shots in your camera you know it will never capture the incredible landscape and the breathtaking feeling that you had during that moment....

2015 [11 November] - Bob & Susan French

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...We used no guides on this trip, so we inevitably missed some birds, and spent a lot more time finding some species than we would have with a guide with stakeouts. But Argentina is certainly one of the better places for birding on your own, and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Add in fabulous scenery, good food and wine, and good infrastructure, and it makes for a very enjoyable birding trip...

2015 [12 December] - Mark Van Beirs - Southern & Central Argentina

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The Bird of the Trip was the fabulous South American Painted-snipe that we saw so amazingly close up in the pampas....

2016 [03 March] - Rafael Galvez

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...The following morning, we arrived in Ushuaia, Argentina. The massive snowcapped mountains cradled the city. Chilean Skuas could be seen as we anchored, and our first Great Grebe foraged by the port. Upon disembarking, we took buses to Tierra del Fuego National Park, where we hoped to see a number of species associated with the stunted Southern Beech forests of the regions....

2016 [10 October] - Pablo Petracci

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...we got our first good views of Buff-winged Cinclodes, Rufous-fronted Thornbird, Brown-capped Whitestart and Rusty-browed Warbling Finch and very close views of Rufous-throated Dipper....

2016 [12 December] - Phil Thompson

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...many Crested Gallito calling, Crested Hornero, Brown Cachalote, Many coloured Chaco Finch, White fronted Woodpecker, Stripe-crowned spinetail, Short billed canastero, Ringed Warbling Finch, Black-crested Finch, Tufted Tit Spinetail....

2017 [01 January] - Geoff Upton - Chile, Easter Island & Argentina

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...new species including rosy-billed pochards, silver, speckled and ringed teal, coscoroba swans, great and white-tufted grebes, whistling and white-necked herons, rufescent tiger-heron, white-winged and red-fronted coots and a southern screamer...

2017 [02 February] - : Fernando Medrano – Chile to Patagonia

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We have seen 156 species, of which these are highlights: Stripe-backed Bittern, Diameded Sandpiper Plover, Chestnut-throated Huet-huet, Chucao tapaculo, Whitethroated tapaculo, Magellanic Plover, Ruddy-headed Goose, Dolphin Gull, Aplomado Falcon, Lesser Rhea and Hooded Grebe.

2017 [02 February] - Marcelo Padua & John Coons - Chile & Argentina

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Our tour produced some great avian treats, such as Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Many-colored Chaco-Finch, White-fronted Woodpecker, and some nice Argentine endemics such as Sandy Gallito, Band-tailed Earthcreeper, and Steinbach’s Canastero.

Organisations

Aves Argentinas

Website

La Argentina posee climas y ambientes naturales diversos, desde selvas húmedas, hasta extensos desiertos, pampas, bosques y costas de mar. Son aproximadamente 1.000 las especies de aves que los habitan y es Aves Argentinas la entidad que, desde 1916, se dedica a conservar y estudiar las aves silvestres y sus ambientes…

Reserves

Biosphere Reserves in Argentina

Website

Lists of the various reserves… useful for trip planning.

Blogs

Daniel Aves

Blog

Argentinian birder’s blog…

Patagonia

Blog

Flora, fauna and geography of the southern end of South America

Other Links

Aves de Argentina

Website

Birds of Argentina…

Aves de la Región Pampeana Argentina

Website

Bird Photos, Videos & Sound mainly from the Argentine Pampas…

Aves del NOA

Website

Sitio sobre Aves, funa en general y flora del Noroeste Argentino…

Aves Pampeanas

Website

Guia de Aves de la llanura pampeana argentina con descripciones, fotos, dibujos y sonidos de mas de 500 especies…

Birds of Argentina

Website

Systematic and Taxonomy - En este blog quiero compartir con ustedes toda la admiración que tengo por las aves y sus ambientes. Encontrarán registros, fotografías, listados, actualizaciones taxonómicas, publicaciones, fichas, y mucho más……

Checklist Birds of Argentina

Checklist

Freebirds

Website

Photographic guide to birds of Argentina, Chile & Uruguay…

Observando Aves en Bariloche

Website

Registro de observaciones de aves en Bariloche…

Wikiaves

Website

El Proyecto WIKIAVES tiene como propósito crear una enciclopedia multimedia de las aves argentinas, dinámica, de la más alta calidad posible, editada en forma colaborativa por voluntarios para que pueda llegar a todo el mundo. El principal objetivo de este esfuerzo es de carácter educativo, buscando conocer nuestras aves y facilitar la tarea de identificación. Asimismo se pretende difundir la riqueza de nuestro patrimonio natural, que es nuestro deber preservar para las futuras generaciones…

Photographers & Artists

Aves Argentinas

Gallery

Fotografias de Aves - Bird Photographs from Argentina and beyond

Image Natural

Gallery

Wildlife Images…

International Photographic Competition

Gallery

Aim of the competition: To obtain the most beautiful photograph of bird life and landscapes in the El Condor Maritime Village vicinity…

Mis Fotos de Aves

Gallery

fotos de aves de las distintas regiones de mi país, Argentina, y también algunas de mis viajes a otros países…

Pajaros Argentinos

Gallery

Aves que habitan en Argentina. habitat, fotos, comportamiento, cantos, etc…

Photographer - Alec Earnshaw

Gallery

Includes 500+ of his own photos of Argentine birds - great stuff [as well as information on some birding places in the BA area. Alec is available as a guide to drive you out to the best hotspots].

Photographer - Hernan Tolosa - Aves de Argentina

Gallery

Birds of Argentina by Hernan Tolosa of BA province…

Photographer - James Lowen

Gallery

Here are a selection of my photographs, all taken since 2005. Most are of wildlife, taken in the UK, the Seychelles, Antarctica or - our new home - South America…

Photographer - Nilce Silvina Enrietti

Gallery etc.

Nació en Trenque Lauquen, Bs. As. Estudió Fotografía en la E.A.F. de Avellaneda, seminario Agfa de Imagen Digital y Ensayo Fotográfico. Es egresada de la Escuela Argentina de Naturalistas dependiente de Aves Argentinas con el título de Naturalista de Campo. Inscripta en la Licenciatura en Artes Multimediales de la Universidad Nacional de las Artes (Argentina)...