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SOUTH CORDILLERA

 
     
  Fauna:  GEESE, SWANS, DUCK, GULLS, etc.  

 

Given the endless coastlines and huge lakes of the southern Cordillera, it is no surprise that it is well endowed with water birds.  Here are a few of the larger ones.

 

The beautiful Black-necked Swan, or Cisne de Cuello Negro (Cygnus melanocoryphus) is said to be the largest waterfowl native to South America. Click to see big picture (640x467 pixels; 99 KB)
These swans can congregate in large flocks and range far, but they are dominantly found in southern and central Chile and Argentina.  They tend to prefer fresh water habitat, but this pair is surveying the Gulfo de Ancud in southern Chile. Click to see big picture (629x480 pixels; 67 KB)
The Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba coscoroba) is known as Cisne Coscoroba, but not classified as a true swan.  It ranges through much of Argentina and coastal Chile, but seems most at home in the wetlands of the steppes.  Click to see big picture (640x363 pixels; 91 KB)
More common on the steppes of Patagonia is the Caiquen (Chloephaga picta), which goes by such names as 'Upland Goose' and 'Magellan Goose'. Click to see big picture (640x465 pixels; 170 KB)
A caiquen family, the female is brown.  This is the most common of several geese of the Chloephaga genus in the region. Click to see big picture (640x392 pixels; 94 KB)
Ashy-headed Geese are at home in the patagonian Andes, in this case near Puerto Murta, Chile.  The local name for Chloephaga poliocephala is Cauquen Cabeza-gris.  The male whistles and the female cackles.
Another of that group is the Andean Goose (Chloephaga melanoptera), better known as Piuquen.  As the name would suggest, however, this goose inhabits the alpine region from central Chile and Argentina northward, in this case in alpine tundra near Huarez, Peru. Click to see big picture (640x352 pixels; 98 KB)
By contrast, the range of the Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubata) encroaches from the east, southward into northern Argentina.  This is from Bolivia.  It is also known as Pato Roncador, literally the snoring duck. Click to see big picture (430x480 pixels; 52 KB)
And while on the eastern fringe of the Cordillera in Peru and Bolivia, introducing the Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) which ranges south from the U.S.  In spanish it is sometimes called the Cigueña de Cabeza Pelada in reference to the bald appearance of its head. Click to see big picture (533x480 pixels; 53 KB)
And with a similar distribution, the weirdo Roseate Spoonbill or Espatula, here near its nest on Isla Zapote.  (Platalea ajaja) Click to see big picture (640x415 pixels; 107 KB)
Turning to the ducks, this is the male Pato Picazzo, also known as the Rosy-billed Pochard (Netta Peposaca).  It ranges from Argentina into southern Bolivia, and is also found in central Chile. Click to see big picture (640x426 pixels; 114 KB)
The Patagonian Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides specularioides) is one race of what is locally called Pato Juarjual or Marreca Patagonica. It tends to hang out in southern Chile and Argentina. Click to see big picture (640x214 pixels; 59 KB)
Their cousins, the Andean Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides alticola) prefer the high ponds and meadows of the Andes.  It is shown here at 4500 meters elevation in the Cordillera Negra of Peru. Click to see big picture (640x444 pixels; 123 KB)
The Andean Crested Duck is also known as Pato Juarjual, and some authorities consider that both races should be put under the widespread genus Anas rather than the monotypic Lophonetta. Click to see big picture (640x476 pixels; 184 KB)
The White-faced Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna viduata) has a wide range in both South America and Africa, preferring fresh water.  In Latin American it is known as Pato Pampa, and occurs mainly on the east side of the Cordillera. Click to see big picture (537x480 pixels; 83 KB)
A pair of Black-bellied Whistling-ducks (or Tree-ducks).  Known as 'Pato Silbon de Alas Blancas' (Dendrocygna autumnalis), this species again tends to keep to east of the Cordillera. Click to see big picture (633x480 pixels; 117 KB)
The Ringed Teal (Anas (now Callonetta) leucophrys) once again lives to east of the Cordillera in Bolivia and northern Argentina.  Captive. Click to see big picture (579x480 pixels; 81 KB)
Anas georgica is found though most of non-amazonian South America.  It goes by many names, including Yellow-billed Pintail.  Here in Chile, Pato Jergon Grande is popular.  The farthest duck is a confused Wigeon. yellowbilled pintails
A pair of Chiloe Widgeon south of Coyhaique, patagonian Chile.  They may be named for the island of Chiloe, but they range through much of Chile and Argentina.  The local name for Anas sibilatrix is Pato Real (royal duck).
A family of Speckled Teal (Anas flavirostris) set out to explore the waters south of Cochrane in patagonian Chile.  They may be found over much of temperate South America, and are here known as Pato Barcino.
The most common gull on the southern Pacific coast is the Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus).  Known in Spanish as Gaviota Dominicana, it is widespread in the southern hemisphere. (The one on the right just might be L. belcheri, a more northernly species.) kelpgull
Franklin's Gull (Larus pipixcan) actually breeds in Canada, but winters as far south as central Chile.  It is as much at home on inland marshes as on the sea shore.  Known simply as Gaviota de Franklin. Click to see big picture (633x480 pixels; 51 KB)
The Grey Gull tends to be called Gaviota Garuma (Larus modestus) and is quite common on the Pacific Coast of South America, breeding along the Atacama coastline. Click to see big picture (494x480 pixels; 44 KB)
A young Andean Gull or Gaviota Andina (Larus serranus) surveys the ocean.  These breed in the high Andes and are more normally found there. Click to see big picture (640x457 pixels; 103 KB)
Gaviota cahuil, the Brown-hooded gull may be found in southern Chile and Argentina, here in Lago Villarica. The latin name is Larus maculipennis, although some would put it in the Chroicocephalus genus.