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                                       SOUTHERN CORDILLERA   

FAUNA :   Mammals     Birds     Reptiles      Invertebrates

                                                BIRDS (AVES)

Be it their variety, their songs or their sense of freedom, birds have always held a special fascination for humans.  Groups of 'birders' with their binoculars are a common site, and with them are often bird photographers with telephoto lenses as long as their arms.  The writer is not one of these.  Nevertheless, quite a few photographs of birds have accumulated, and it seems worth sharing these despite the fact that bird images are already clogging the internet.

Many birds have very large ranges.  In some cases this represents an ability to adapt to different environments, such as the case of the Osprey which is at home from Alaska to the tip of South America.  More often their wide distribution is due to migrations.  While the birds shown here are all recorded as occurring in the vicinity of the Southern Cordillera, not all of the photos were taken there.

The bird photos are divided into five pages as follows:

                      BIRDS OF CARRION-  Condors, Vultures etc.

                      BIRDS OF PREY- Hawks and their kin

                     SWANS, GEESE, DUCKS AND GULLS

                     MORE BIRDS OF WATER AND SHORE

                     OTHER BIRDS

There are several field guides to birds for parts of the Southern Cordillera.  Some of the more recent which cover large areas are as follows:

BIRDS OF ARGENTINA AND URAGUAY by Tito Narosky and Dario Yzurieta
BIRDS OF CHILE  by Alvero Jarmillo, Peter Burke and David Beadle
BIRDS OF PERU  a Princeton Field Guide by T.S. Schulenberg et al.
FIELD GUIDE TO BIRDS OF PERU by James Clements
AVES DE BOLIVIA by Noel Kempff
BIRDS OF THE HIGH ANDES by Neils Krabbe

Some web sites of interest include:
       www.avesdechile.cl
       www.birdingperu.com
       www.freebirds.com.ar