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Buenos Aires

Spectacled Tyrant Hymenops perspicillatus ©James Lowen Website

He we refer to the State of Buenos Aires - there is a separate page for the city itself. Argentina offers some very interesting birding as it has several distinctive nature regions. The biggest number of bird species is found in the central, eastern and north eastern areas because of the direct influence by the Chaco Plains and the Amazon Basin. Consequently the nearby Pampas have their own birding scenery that by no means should be overlooked. The sites suggested below will allow you to see many of the birds but not all on your own.

Otamendi Nature Reserve - Driving to the north of the city of Buenos Aires, along the Panamerican highway for about 60 km (40 miles) you will see to your right several signs showing you how to get to the nearby Otamendi Nature Reserve. This place gives the birder a chance to look at birds of the bushy highlands and the neighbouring marshy lowlands. This is the home to the Straight and Curve-billed Reedhaunters and the White-tipped Dove, Spectacled Tyrant, different Hummingbirds, Finches, Warblers and Tanagers. Grey-breasted Martins and White-rumped Swallows fly all over the place while in the adjacent marshes Brown and Yellow marshbirds and Scarlet-headed Blackbirds can be seen flying over the reeds with the Giant Wood Rail walking on the water edges. The Road-side hawk is very common.

Top Sites

The Pampas in the Buenos Aires province

Going out of Buenos Aires city to the west along Route 5 after driving260 km (162 m.) you arrive to a town by the name 9 de Julio ( 9th. July). From there onwards large fields -the Pampas- stretch on both sides of the road interspersed from time to time by small lagoons full of diferent ducks, Coscorobas and Black-necked swans. The Great Grebe and the Long-winged Harrier can be seen as well as Flamingos. Spotted Tinamous run often along the roads and Greater Rheas can be seen in the fields. The Burrowing Owl and the Short-eared Owl are often present as well as bunches of Eared Doves and Monk Parakeets. Also it is fairly easy to spot Field Flickers, Grassland Yellow Finches and where there are trees or bushes Siskins and Mockingbirds appear. White-browed Blackbirds and Pampas Meadowlarks can be seen getting in and out of the grasses.


Number of Species

Number of bird species: 463

As at July 2016

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

ISBN: 987913205X

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Books, CDs, DVDs etc.

See the main Brazil page for guides etc. covering the whole country…


Abbreviations Key

El Destino Private Reserve


Satellite View

On provincial road #11, some 18 Km. past town of Magdalena, Prov. of Buenos Aires, About 2+ hours by car from Buenos Aires city

Otamendi Nature Reserve


Satellite View

En la Reserva se pueden encontrar tres grandes ambientes naturales. Junto al río se presenta un Monte Ribereño con árboles de mediano porte, como seibos, notables cuando se cobren de flores rojo-carmesi en primavera, sauces criollos y canelones.

Guides & Tour Operators

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Alec Earnshaw

Tour Operator

Alec Earnshaw is available to guide you around Ribera Norte Nature Reserve and on daytrips to all the hotspots in the BA area. He can also supply maps, plans, bird lists, photos, opening times, etc. Do the illustrated virtual trail walk now! See photos of birds, native plants, etc.

Birding Pal


Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

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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Trip Report Repository

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.

2014 [06 June] - Costanera Sur - Buenos Aires


Costanera Sur was an old riverside resort which was restored to and Ecological Reserve back in the 1970. Today it is a protected reserve in the middle of the city just east of Puerto Madero which also was an old port build in the late 1800s and is now restored into a 21 st century waterfront project.

2016 [02 February] - Alan Tate - Buenos Aires to Los Angeles cruise


So at the end of February we arrived in Buenos Aires, the day before our huge cruise liner was due to sail. A quick look at Costanera reserve was in order, but sadly "progress" has reared it's ugly head in the ten years since our previous visit. Most of the same species are still there, but the trails have been widened, the marsh area is much more vegetated and difficult to view. Whilst this is obviously better for birds the trails are now in use to a large extent by joggers and cyclists, so many birds are now staying hidden that used to be easily viewed.

Places to Stay

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Los Dos Vagones


Los Dos Vagones (The Two Boxcars), is located near the Biosphere Reserve Parque Costero del Sur, declared by UNESCO in 1984, an excellent bird watching point in Buenos Aires province, Argentina…

Other Links

Aves de la Region Pampeana


Una mañana, en la primavera del año 2000, estaba desayunando en la cocina de casa como todos los días antes de ir a trabajar. La cocina da al parque del fondo y me llamó la atención el "concierto" de una cantidad de pájaros que no podía identificar. Desde luego podía ver a alguno de ellos y a otros los escuchaba de lejos…

Photographers & Artists

Photographer - Alec Earnshaw


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 - Hernán Tolosa - Aves Bonaerenses


Hernán Tolosa was born in 1972 in Mount, province of Buenos Aires, where I’ve always lived. I am Professor of Mathematical Biology and) and photographer become fond of in everything in nature - lately photography of birds has superiority. My works can see in diverse Web sites, some of them comprised of exhibitions and others were published in books and national and international magazines…