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Protected/registered status

Best Time for visit (14th May, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

La Viticola is a site for the Vulnerable Pampas Meadowlark. It is easy to reach from Bahia Blanca, a large city with many places to stay. La Viticola is a small roadside stop with just a few buildings 25km North of Bahia Blanca on Route 33. It seems well known by taxi drivers and cost just 25 esos to reach. Buses to Torquist may also pass there. From the few buildings and radio mast, walk a little further a left turn onto a mud road is signed to Chicano. There is a gate but the farmers there didn't seem to mind me walking along there. Long-tailed Meadowlarks are very common. Check the flocks for birds with black rather than white underwings. They also have noticeably darker upperparts when seen perched. I saw just 2 in the hundreds of Long-tailed Meadowlarks. Great Pampa-Finch, Burrowing Owl and Green-barred Flicker were also seen here. Several common species were also seen in the Parque de Mayo around the lake and path by the river nearby including Green and Ringed Kingfishers. I saw 29 species including 5 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • Southern Caracara Caracara plancus
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • White-winged Coot Fulica leucoptera
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Picazuro Pigeon Patagioenas picazuro
  • Spot-winged Pigeon Patagioenas maculosa
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui
  • Burrowing Parrot Cyanoliseus patagonus
  • Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus
  • Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
  • Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
  • Green-barred Woodpecker Colaptes melanochloros
  • Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus
  • Cattle Tyrant Machetornis rixosus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Chalk-browed Mockingbird Mimus saturninus
  • White-banded Mockingbird Mimus triurus
  • Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii
  • Great Pampa-Finch Embernagra platensis
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Pampas Meadowlark Sturnella defillippi Vulnerable
  • Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca
  • 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