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Birds of Central Chile

A 4-day immersion tour

DAY 1: THE ANDES NEAR SANTIAGO

Our destination will be the Andean range near the city of Santiago. We will explore the Natural Sanctuary of Yerba Loca and will continue going higher to reach the areas of Farellones and Valle Nevado. This area will be the perfect place to look for two hummingbirds of Central Chile: White-sided Hillstar and the Giant Hummingbird as some other specialties and endemics as the Chilean Tinamou, Crag Chilia, Tapaculo, Mustached Turca and the Andean Condor. While we ascend to higher altitude we will spot different species of Ground-Tyrants and Miners. On the return if time allows us we will visit a very rich wetland near Santiago airport where we will close the days looking for some waterfowl and migrants that spend the northern winter in te coast and wetlands of the Pacific.

OVERNIGHT IN SANTIAGO /BREAKFAST & BOX LUNCH INCLUDED

TARGET: 40 SPECIES

Some of the species that can be found in this trip: Giant Hummingbird, White-sided Hillstar, Chilean Tinamou, California Quail, Spot-billed Ground Tyrant, White-browed Ground Tyrant, Cinerous Ground-tyrant, Great-shrike Tyrant, Grey-hooded Sierra Finch, Band-tailed Sierra Finch, Scale-throated Earth creeper, Rufous-banded Miner, Creamy-rumped Miner, Burrowing Owl, Magellanic Horned Owl, among others.

DAY 2: THE ANDEAN QUEST

An early wake up to drive toward the Andes and explore El Yeso Valley and the Maipo

river area where we will be surprise by the diversity of landscapes while we look for some of the Chilean endemics as the Crag Chilia and the Mustached Turca among some specialties of this part of the country as the Chilean Mockingbird, the Black-winged Ground Dove, the Grey-flanked Cinclodes and the Grey-hooded Sierra Finch. We will also get the opportunity to spot the Andean Condor. The Burrowing Parakeet will also be part of the species that we will be looking for. On the way to the Yeso Valley located at 2.500 mts. / 8.200 ft. above the sea level, we’ll scan the river looking for the Torrent Duck, a very specialized member of the Anatidae family that lives exclusively in the Andean white water rivers and some specialties as the Diademed Sandpiper Plover.

OVERNIGHT IN SANTIAGO /BREAKFAST & BOX LUNCH INCLUDED

TARGET: 40 SPECIES

Some of the species that can be found in this tour: Magellanic Horned Owl, Torrent Duck, Mountain Caracara, Red-backed Hawk, Crag Chilia, Moustached Turca, Chilean Mockingbird, Diademed Sandpiper Plover, Mourning Sierra Finch, Grey-flanked Cinclodes, Band-tailed Sierra Finch, Grassland Yellowfinch, Yellow Rumped Siskin, Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, among others.

DAY 3: PACIFIC COAST & NATIONAL PARK LA CAMPANA

The National Park la Campana is strategically located in the Coastal Mountain range of Central Chile. The very diverse gradient of flora give us the perfect condition to spend a day looking for some of the Chilean endemics as the Moustached Turca, Chilean Tinamou, the White-throated Tapaculo and the Dusky-tailed Canastero among a great array of passerines. The park is also the home of the last patch of Jubaea chilensis, the southernmost palm tree in the world that is close to extinction. This spectacular landscape plus the presence of the Sclreophyllous forest will also give us the chance to spot some other species more associated to dense forests as the Striped Woodpecker and the Chilean Pigeon among others.

OVERNIGHT IN VIÑA DEL MAR /BREAKFAST & BOX LUNCH INCLUDED

 

TARGET: 40 SPECIES

Some of the species that can be found in this trip: Variable Hawk, Chimango Caracara, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Chilean Flicker, Striped Woodpecker, Patagonian Sierra Finch, Grassland Yellow Finch, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Tufted-tit Tyrant, among others.

DAY 4: THE PACIFIC COAST: WETLANDS AND THE HUMBOLDT CURRENT

Join us on this birding tour toward the Pacific coast. We will be looking for the endemics of the Humboldt Current as the Guanay and Red-legged Cormorant, the Peruvian Booby, the Grey Gull and the Inca Tern and the Chilean endemic Seaside Cinclodes. We also will be birding at different wetlands and prairies in the valleys to look for the Many-coloured Rush-Tyrant, the brood-parasitic Black-headed Duck, the scarce Warbling Doradito and many other species as the elusive Southamerican Painted-Snipe, the Cocoi Heron and the Rosy-billed Pochard.

OVERNIGHT IN VIÑA DEL MAR/ BREAKFAST & BOX LUNCH INCLUDED

TARGET: 40 SPECIES

Some of the species that can be found in this trip: Peruvian Booby, Inca Tern, Seaside Cinclodes, Ruddy Turnstone, Baird`s Sandpiper, Ticking Doradito, Red gartered Coot, Spot-flancked Gallinule, Grey Gull, Franklin´s Gull, Guanay Cormorant, Yellow-billed Pintail, Speckled teal, Silver Teal, Lake Duck, Crested Duck, Red Shoveler, White Tufted Grebe, Silvery Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Cocoi Heron, among others.

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2019-01-18T19:27:44+00:00January 18th, 2019|Birding, Central Chile, Day Birding Tours|Comments Off on Birds of Central Chile