BARILOCHE to RIO GALLEGOS & LIST (Castro to Punta Arenas) 


Region (Compass)

00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 

Best Time for visit (13-14th & 26-27th April, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

Several good species were seen from the window during these long bus journeys. In Patagonia, Lesser Rheas were readily seen in grassland and Chilean Flamingos, geese, ducks and both species of swans on scattered lakes. Guanaco and Grey Fox were also seen several times in Southern Patagonia. I saw 29 species including 5 lifers.

Species seen 

  • Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata Near-threatened
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Black-faced Ibis h Theristicus melanopis
  • Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis Near-threatened
  • Black-necked Swan Cygnus melanocorypha
  • Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba
  • Upland Goose Chloephaga picta
  • Flying Steamerduck ? Tachyeres patachonicus
  • Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix
  • Yellow-billed Pintail ? Anas georgica
  • Red Shoveler Anas platalea
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Southern Caracara Caracara plancus
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius
  • Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus
  • Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Patagonian Mockingbird ? Mimus patagonicus
  • Mourning Sierra-Finch Phrygilus fruticeti
  • Common Diuca-Finch Diuca diuca
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca
  • Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus
  • Black-chinned Siskin Carduelis barbata
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced

Other Fauna 

A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles.


Author: Charles Hesse