Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellus socialis)

The Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellus socialis) is a scarce and unique shorebird found only in southern Argentina and Chile. It is placed in its own family, Pluvianellidae. This species is not a long-distance migrant. The species breeds inland and then moves to the coast during the winter, particularly to estuaries. Molecular data clarifies that it is...

Rufous-chested dotterel among Two-banded Plovers

On our last tour, we were really happy to spot a juvenile Rufous-chested dotterel (Charadrius modestus) among a group of 47 Two-banded Plovers (Charadrius falklandicus) during roosting time (high tide).

Great Grebe (Podiceps major)

In the Patagonian Andean region, the Great Grebe is known as Huala, an onomatopoeic term after one of its most common calls, consisting of far-carrying long, pitiful and loud notes. It is easily identifiable for its colours, large size, silhouette and habits. Disputes break out when territories are invaded. When chicks become juveniles family...

Patagonian Canastero (Pseudasthenes patagonica)

The Patagonian Canastero is a small Furnariid endemic to southern Argentina.  The species’ distribution is centered on the province of Chubut, where it is found in low, arid scrubby areas both inland and on the coastal plain.  Brown above and pale streaked gray below, with a thin bill and pale supercilium, the species has...

Patagonian crested duck (Lophonetta specularioides specularioides)

The Patagonian Crested Duck lives in pairs or groups which can be sometimes very large. This species frequents preferably the seashore and saline ponds but also freshwater rivers and streams; however, it is scarce or occasional in lakes, ponds and rivers in forested areas. It feeds by dabbling; its staple diet consists of insects...

Scale-throated earthcreeper (Upucerthia dumetaria) feeding chicks.

It frequents shrubby regions and bunchgrass almost invariably in pairs or in small groups; very terrestrial, it moves quickly through the thickets. When it flies, it is at low height, often perching in or under shrubs. Not easily mistaken on account of its long and curved bill.The nest is made in caves or burrows...