CORDOBA (Compass)

00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 

Best Time for visit (27th-28th July, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

Miramar is a small town on the banks of the huge Laguna Mar Chiquita. The town is reached by regular buses from Cordoba in 3 hours. There are several hotels and restaurants in town and an interpretive centre for the area which is a provincial nature reserve. Some waterbirds can be seen by the lakeside in town and good birding areas are 5-6km from town. Follow the signs from the centre to the Observatorio de Aves. This is a tower over-looking the lake. A better place though is about a further 2 km from here. By the large observatorio sign, follow the road to the left instead of straight on. after a km or 2 there is a building on the left (the new school) and after an abandoned building on the right with a football pitch next to it. Turn right here and down a track (you may have to open a cattle fence). This track runs parrallel with the lake and there were hundreds of flamingos including at least 50 Puna Flamingos. The track ends at a river mouth. Along the river and on the lakeside near here are some patches of reeds and bushes where I search for Dinelli's Doradito but did not find. I saw 91 species including 1 lifer. 


Species seen 

  • Spotted Nothura Nothura maculosa
  • White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland
  • Great Grebe Podiceps major
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  • White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  • Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis Near-threatened
  • Puna Flamingo Phoenicopterus jamesi Near-threatened
  • Southern Screamer Chauna torquata
  • Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba
  • Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris
  • White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis
  • Silver Teal Anas versicolor
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
  • Great Black-Hawk ? Buteogallus urubitinga
  • Southern Caracara Caracara plancus
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus
  • Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata
  • White-backed Stilt Himantopus melanurus
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Collared Plover Charadrius collaris
  • Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  • Brown-hooded Gull Larus maculipennis
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Picazuro Pigeon Patagioenas picazuro
  • Spot-winged Pigeon Patagioenas maculosa
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui
  • Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus
  • Guira Cuckoo Guira guira
  • Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium brasilianum
  • Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
  • Scissor-tailed Nightjar ? Hydropsalis torquata
  • White-barred Piculet Picumnus cirratus
  • White-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes cactorum
  • Green-barred Woodpecker Colaptes melanochloros
  • Campo Flicker Colaptes campestris
  • Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus
  • Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus
  • Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops
  • Chotoy Spinetail Schoeniophylax phryganophila
  • Stripe-crowned Spinetail Cranioleuca pyrrhophia
  • Lesser Canastero Asthenes pyrrholeuca
  • Short-billed Canastero Asthenes baeri
  • Freckle-breasted Thornbird Phacellodomus striaticollis
  • Firewood-gatherer Anumbius annumbi
  • Lark-like Brushrunner Coryphistera alaudina
  • Brown Cacholote Pseudoseisura lophotes
  • Great Antshrike Taraba major
  • White-tipped Plantcutter Phytotoma rutila
  • White-crested Tyrannulet Serpophaga subcristata
  • White-bellied Tyrannulet Serpophaga munda
  • Greater Wagtail-Tyrant Stigmatura budytoides
  • Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer
  • Black-crowned Monjita Xolmis coronata Breeding endemic
  • White Monjita Xolmis irupero
  • Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa
  • Spectacled Tyrant Hymenops perspicillatus
  • Cattle Tyrant Machetornis rixosus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • White-rumped Swallow ? Tachycineta leucorrhoa
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
  • Chalk-browed Mockingbird Mimus saturninus
  • White-banded Mockingbird Mimus triurus
  • Creamy-bellied Thrush Turdus amaurochalinus
  • Masked Gnatcatcher Polioptila dumicola
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike Cyclarhis gujanensis
  • Blue-and-yellow Tanager Thraupis bonariensis
  • Many-colored Chaco-Finch Saltatricula multicolor
  • Red-crested Finch Coryphospingus cucullatus
  • Black-capped Warbling-Finch Poospiza melanoleuca
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
  • Great Pampa-Finch Embernagra platensis
  • Red-crested Cardinal Paroaria coronata
  • Yellow-billed Cardinal ? Paroaria capitata
  • Grassland Sparrow Ammodramus humeralis
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris
  • Yellow-winged Blackbird Agelaius thilius
  • Chestnut-capped Blackbird Agelaius ruficapillus
  • Bay-winged Cowbird Molothrus badius
  • Screaming Cowbird Molothrus rufoaxillaris
  • Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
  • Epaulet Oriole Icterus cayanensis
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced

Other Fauna 

A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse