MENDOZA (Compass)

00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 

Best Time for visit (5-6th May, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This is an excellent site in easy reach of Mendoza city centre. Mendoza has a great range of accomodation and places to eat. We stayed at Hostel Independencia (17 pesos including breakfast). Take the number 50 to the zoo (80 centavos) leaving from in front of the casino on Sarmiento near the Plaza Independencia. From the entrance of the zoo walk up the hill signed to Cerro Gloria. The roadside scrub here was excellent almost all the was up with Steinbach's (Chestnut) Canastero, Andean Swift and Cattle Tyrant being seen near the top. On the way up Grey-hooded Parakeet, Green-barred Flicker, Crested Gallito and many other species were seen. We were warned by a policeman however that there had been thefts and to be careful with my binoculars and camera. Walking through the park can also be good, especially a cactus garden with many Red-tailed Comets and Sparkling Violet-ears. I saw 43 species including 25 lifers.

Species seen 

  • White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi Seen nearby
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
  • Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus
  • Southern Caracara Caracara plancus Seen nearby
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Red-gartered Coot ? Fulica armillata
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Spot-winged Pigeon Patagioenas maculosa
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui
  • Burrowing Parrot Cyanoliseus patagonus Seen nearby
  • Gray-hooded Parakeet Psilopsiagon aymara
  • Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus
  • Sparkling Violet-ear Colibri coruscans
  • Green-backed Firecrown ? Sephanoides sephaniodes
  • Red-tailed Comet Sappho sparganura
  • Green-barred Woodpecker Colaptes melanochloros
  • Scale-throated Earthcreeper ? Upucerthia dumetaria
  • Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus
  • Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura fuliginiceps
  • Steinbach's Canastero Asthenes steinbachi Endemic
  • Crested Gallito ? Rhinocrypta lanceolata
  • White-tipped Plantcutter Phytotoma rutila
  • Greater Wagtail-Tyrant Stigmatura budytoides
  • Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
  • Cliff Flycatcher Hirundinea ferruginea
  • Cattle Tyrant Machetornis rixosus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Patagonian Mockingbird Mimus patagonicus
  • Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
  • Rufous-bellied Thrush ? Turdus rufiventris
  • Creamy-bellied Thrush Turdus amaurochalinus
  • Band-tailed Sierra-Finch Phrygilus alaudinus
  • Cinnamon Warbling-Finch Poospiza ornata Endemic
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
  • Grassland Yellow-Finch ? Sicalis luteola
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
  • Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced

Other Fauna 

A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse