Corrientes

Yellow Cardinal Gubernatrix cristata ©James Lowen Website
Birding Corrientes

Corrientes is a province in northeast Argentina, in the Mesopotamia region. Its name means “currents” or “rapids” in Spanish. It is surrounded by (from the North, clockwise): Paraguay, the province of Misiones, Brazil, Uruguay, and the provinces of Entre Rios, Santa Fe and Chaco.

As part of the subtropical area of Mesopotamia, the province has heavy rains and high temperatures with little daily and seasonal variation specially in the North, and no dry season. The Southern part of the province presents some signs of the neighbouring more temperate weather of the Pampas.

Corrientes is surrounded by two rivers, the Uruguay River to the east, and the Paraná River to the northwest, that contour the shape of the province. The low shore of the Paraná produces frequent floodings. After the specially destructive one in 1982, a protective system has been started with the construction of barriers.

The province is for the most part a plain, with the highest points in the east. To the west, a series of descending platforms go down to the Paraná River. The Iberá Wetlands, an area of lagoons and swamps, is a vast depression from volcanic flow, covered later with fluvial and eolic sediments.

Corrientes, like much of the Argentine north, has long had relatively underdeveloped economy. Agriculture is still one of the main activities in the province, adding 15% to its output. It’s centred in citrus, tobacco, rice, tea, cotton and yerba mate, for which it’s well known internationally. The timber industry uses 1,400 km² of pine and eucalyptus forests.

On the Paraná River, near the city of Ituzaingó, the Yaciretá dam provides energy not only to the province, but to both Argentina and Paraguay.

Contributors
Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 556

    (As at May 2019)
Useful Reading

Reserves

Abbreviations Key

  • NP Parque Nacional Mburucuyá

    InformationSatellite View
    The park has around 150 species of birds, and many species of animal including capybara, caymen, foxes armadillos jaguars and brown howler monkeys. Endangered species include maned wolf neotropical river otter and marsh deer…
  • WII Iberá Wetlands

    InformationSatellite View
    The Iberá basin is a bird paradise because of the natural generosity of the surroundings and the diversity of the ecosystems, harboring more than 330 species…
Guides & Tour Operators


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  • 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
Places to Stay


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  • Irup

    Accommodation
    Irup
  • Nandereta Inn

    Accommodation
    In the Northeastern part of Argentina, in the center of the region surrounded by the Paran
  • Rincon del Socorro

    Accommodation
    Our estancia is an excellent place for birding. The estimated number of species identified in the Esteros del Ibera ecological system is nearly 400, including endangered species from the surrounding region that have found shelter here. Much to the surprise of several ornithologists, the nearly extinct yellow cardinal can be seen hopping around in the lettuces in our organic garden

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