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  Fauna:  OTHER BIRDS  


After placing Birds of Carrion, Birds of Prey, Waterfowl and Shore Birds into other pages, these are a few of the avian species of the Southern Cordillera which remain.


By far the largest is the Ñandu, South Americas answer to the ostrich.  In English it is usually called Greater Rhea (Rhea americana) Click to see big picture (466x480 pixels; 133 KB)
This form of Rhea is common on the Steppes of southern Argentina and Patagonian Chile. Click to see big picture (522x480 pixels; 78 KB)
A flock of Ñandu chicks. It is the father who broods and raises the young.  His clutch may contain eggs donated by several females. Click to see big picture (584x480 pixels; 161 KB)
Evolution has not taught the Rhea about barb-wire fences.  Here one fleeing a vehicle collides with a gate, to the detriment of both. Click to see big picture (640x447 pixels; 149 KB)
Although the Ñandu is in no danger of extinction, they are hunted for meat.  Here is a drumstick ready for the asado. Click to see big picture (323x480 pixels; 52 KB)
A Bandurria (Theristicus melanopis) or Black-faced Ibis near Lago Ranco, Chile.  Grassy fields are their favorite foraging sites.  Click to see big picture (640x437 pixels; 153 KB)
This is a better view of the black neck wattle that marks Bandurrias.   They range from Ecuador to here in Patagonian Chile, and have a haunting, hollow honking call.
The Bandurria roost and nest in large trees or on cliffs, such as this cave in southern Argentina. Click to see big picture (357x480 pixels; 96 KB)
There is also a White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) which ranges from the southern U.S. down into northern Argentina and coastal Chile, where they are known as Cuervo de Pantano ("marsh crows") Click to see big picture (640x451 pixels; 24 KB)
The large Maguari Stork or Pillo (Ciconia maguari) is found to east of the Andes in Bolivia and northern Argentina in grasslands and swamps.  Some authorities prefer to place it in the genus Euxenura.  Captive. Click to see big picture (367x480 pixels; 108 KB)
A Magellanic Woodpecker at work (Campephilus magellanicus).  It is native to southern Chile, where it is called Carpintero Negro, despite the gaudy red head of the male. Click to see big picture (488x480 pixels; 80 KB)
Striped Woodpeckers feasting on almonds in near Curacavi.  Under names such as Carpinterito and Carpintero Araucano, Picoides lignarius is mainly found in south and central Chile and adjacent Argentina.
A Chilean Flicker or Pitio stops off for a drink in the same area.  Colaptes pitius is mainly found in Chile and western Argentina.
The Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis) ranges throughout South America wherever suitable open fields can be found.  In Chile they are common, and when disturbed rise with raucous calls. Their local name there is Queltehue. Click to see big picture (595x480 pixels; 154 KB)
This dark phase photographed in Mendoza, Argentina is rather different, could it be an import?  In some regions the Lapwing's local names try to mimic its loud cries, such as tero-tero or quero-quero. Click to see big picture (447x480 pixels; 91 KB)
In farm and pastureland lapwings tend to be a noisy nuisance, but they do provide exercise for bored farm dogs. Click to see big picture (640x301 pixels; 75 KB)
Another bird which has adapted well to humans goes by the colorful name of 'Cometocino' ("eat's bacon") which beats the English name of Sierra-finch.  It has some of the character of the North American Whiskey Jack.  This is the Black-hooded variety (Phrygilus atriceps). Click to see big picture (640x399 pixels; 61 KB)
The Grey-hooded Sierra-finch (Phrygilus gayi) is a Cometocino of more restricted range, found in the scrublands of Argentina and Chile, and again at home with human habitation. Click to see big picture (602x480 pixels; 77 KB)
The Eared Dove is a common sight through most of South America.  It has taken well to the Chilean central valley farmland, where it is known as Tortola.  In latin, Zenaida auriculata. eared dove
When it comes to adapting to towns and cities, pigeons are the experts.  The blue eye spot marks this as the Cuculi, often called the Pacific Dove or the West Peruvian Dove (Zenaida meloda). Click to see big picture (640x401 pixels; 100 KB)
Not everyone is a pigeon fancier, and this statue in Lima is sort of symbolic of those who would love to rid their vicinity of the pests. Click to see big picture (640x420 pixels; 63 KB)
And indeed, many pigeon do pay the price for co-habiting with a species as unpredictable as Homo Sapiens. Click to see big picture (622x480 pixels; 134 KB)
Curaeus curaeus, the Austral Blackbird or Tordo has also adapted to people in Patagonia and here in central Chile near Curico.
A clearer view of a Tordo to west of Santiago.
The blue-sheen plumage indicates that this is the male Shiny Cowbird, locally called Mirlo.  It ranges from the Caribbean down to Patagonia.  Molothrus bonariensis. Click to see big picture (434x480 pixels; 73 KB)
Xolmis pyrope is known as the Fire-eyed Diucon due to its red eye.  It is native to central and southern Chile and adjacent parts of Argentina.  diucon
The Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) is not migratory, but nevertheless is found from the southwest U.S. south into the mountains of Peru and Argentina. Click to see big picture (369x480 pixels; 55 KB)
The Chilean Mockingbird is known as Tenca (Mimus thenca).  It is a vocal citizen of central and southern Chile. tenca
A closer view of a Tenca near Comalle in the central valley of Chile.
A pair of Long-tailed Mockingbirds survey the scene near the town of Jaen in northern Peru.  Mimus longicaudatus seems confined to Peru and to Ecuador.
This White-throated Earthcreeper (Upucerthia albigula) is mainly at home in Peru. Click to see big picture (572x480 pixels; 145 KB)
The Patagonian Tiamou or Perdiz Austral (Tiamotis ingoufi) on the other hand is largely confined to the steppes of southern Argentina. Click to see big picture (640x310 pixels; 117 KB)
The California Quail (Callipepla californica) was introduced into Chile in 1870, and now is a common site, especially in the semi-arid, California-like regions.  The locals call it Codorniz. quail
Yellow-breasted Tropical Kingbirds (Tyrannus melancholicus) tend to be called Suiriri Real in Latin America.  From Central America its range extends down into Argentina to east of the Andes. Click to see big picture (378x480 pixels; 96 KB)
Another yellow breast is displayed by the Greater Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) which is widespread in the Americas. Known as Benteveo, it has a range southward similar to the Kingbird, into Argentina east of the Andes. Click to see big picture (447x480 pixels; 57 KB)
A male Vermillion Flycatcher brightens the scenery in northern Peru.  Known, with some humor, as 'Putilla' (Pyrocephalus rubinus) it may be found from the southern U.S.  to central Argentina. Click to see big picture (384x480 pixels; 58 KB)
The Spectacled Tyrant (Hymenops perspicillata) on the other hand, is more closely confined in central and southern Chile and Argentina.  It goes by the names of Pico de Plata and Run-run. Click to see big picture (474x480 pixels; 70 KB)
The South American answer to the Robin is the Loica or Long-tailed Meadowlark (Sturnella loyca).  Its red breast typically appears in meadowlands and pastures in central and south Chile and Argentina. Click to see big picture (640x417 pixels; 82 KB)
A Chiguanco Thrush (Turdus chiguanco) is helping to clean the streets in the village of Chachas in the mountains of southern Peru. chiguanco thrush
The Austral Thrush or Zorzal (Turdus falcklandii) has adapted nicely from forests to farmland in Chile and Argentina.  Here in the central valley of Chile it is quite a common site.
Also brightly breasted is the Tricahue or Burrowing Parrot (Cyanoliseus patagonus).  It is largely an Argentine species, although there are flocks over in central Chile.  A captive example is shown on right for a close-up of colorful plumage. Click to see big picture (600x480 pixels; 75 KB)
The Burrowing Parrot also has the name of Loro Barranquero, both referring to its nesting in holes it has burrowed from banks.   Here they have chosen a road-cut near the Melado River in Chile. Click to see big picture (489x480 pixels; 131 KB)
The range of the Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) extends into northern Argentina.  It is often kept as a pet, and has escaped to produce a breeding colony in Santiago.  The one on the left has not been so lucky. monk parakeet
The colorful male Gallo de Roca or Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruviana), is the national bird of Peru.  It ranges along the Andes from Venezuela to Bolivia. Click to see big picture (438x480 pixels; 90 KB)
Cinclodes patagonicus is known as Dark-bellied Cinclodes in English and as Churrete locally.  It is mainly found in central and southern Chile, in this case from beside Lago Llanquehue. churrete
Churrete Chico (Cinclodes oustaleti) may be found near water in southern Chile and Argentina, in this case by Lago Villarica.  The English name is Grey-flanked Cinclodes. churrete chico
Elaenia albiceps chilensis is the Chilean subspecies of the White-crested Elaenia which may be found over much of South America.  This one is perched on a gooseberry bush south of Coyhaique, Patagonia.
A Rufus-collared Sparrow or Chincol (Zonotrichia capensis) is very adaptable, living at all altitudes from Central America to Patagonia.  Here with its nest of twigs in southern Argentina. Click to see big picture (640x354 pixels; 139 KB)
The Chincol or Chincolo has adapted very well to people, and you might meet it picking up crumbs next to your table at a restaurant. chincolo
In the Curacavi area of Chile, a Southern House Wren drops by for a drink.  Troglodytes musculus is known here as Chercan, and it is found through much of southern South America.
A Chirihue Verdosa (Sicalis olivascens) is dwarfed by a rock formation near the continental divide in Salta Province of Argentina.  Its English name, Greenish Yellow Finch, is descriptive but not very romantic. Click to see big picture (456x480 pixels; 67 KB)
Another bird that goes by the name of Chirihue is Sicalis luteola luteiventris, which is the Chilean subspecies of a widespread finch.  It tends to hang out around farmlands, in this case near the town of Curico.
The more common Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola) near the town of Jaen in Peru.  It is also found in Bolivia and northern Argentina. Click to see big picture (399x480 pixels; 38 KB)
A little Diuca Finch (Diuca diuca) ruffles its feathers against the Patagonian winds. Click to see big picture (640x465 pixels; 89 KB)
In the Central Valley of Chile, Diuca Finches seem to grow larger, and have lost much of their fear of humans.  The species ranges across most of southern South America.
Although Diucas are mainly grey and white, they do have an orange patch on the back of their undersides.  This more brownish example is likely a female.
A Green-back Fire-crown Hummingbird sets a defiant pose in the foliage of southern Chiloe.  Locally it is simply called Picaflor Chico (Sephanoides sephanoides:  ex. S. galeritus) Click to see big picture (372x480 pixels; 74 KB)
A Chilean Swallow (Tachycineta myeni) faces into the winds off Lago General Carrera in Patagonia.  It may be found in the southern cone of South American, mainly in Chile, and goes by the name of Golondrina chilena.
This Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo seems to be having a bad hair day. Neomorphus geoffroyi ranges in rainforests from Costa Rica to Brazil, so what is it doing at the entrance to the Coastal Nature Reserve in Buenos Aires?