Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis albus)

Snowy Sheathbills breeds in coastal regions of the Antarctic Peninsula south to 65º S, and on South Georgia, South Orkney, and South Shetland islands. Occurs as a nonbreeding visitor to the coasts of Patagonia Argentina. There are only two species in the family Chionidae. The Snowy Sheathbill also named Pale-faced Sheathbill, and the Black-faced Sheathbill. These […]

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 indeed […]

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 groups […]

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 a […]