Region (Compass)

00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 

Best Time for visit (15-16th May, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

We mainly visited Necochea as Rockhopper Penguins have been seen at the beach at Costa Bonita 16km east of the city centre. Necochea is a large town with good access and many palces to stay. We stayed at a hotel on Avenida 62 called Hote Sanchoza??? (28 pesos for double). The nearby river had several interesting species along its banks, including White-necked Stilts and Bare-faced Ibis. From the river mouth to Costa Bonita are beaches with Snowy-crowned Terns and rocky coastline with many Olrog's Gulls and Snowy Sheathbills. There is a local bus from the centre to Playa Quequen but none to Costa Bonita in low season. I saw 38 species including 4 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland
  • Great Grebe Podiceps major
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Bare-faced Ibis Phimosus infuscatus
  • Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris
  • Red Shoveler Anas platalea
  • Southern Caracara Caracara plancus
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata
  • American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  • White-backed Stilt Himantopus melanurus
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Two-banded Plover Charadrius falklandicus
  • Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus
  • Snowy Sheathbill Chionis alba
  • Olrog's Gull Larus atlanticus Breeding endemic Vulnerable
  • Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
  • Brown-hooded Gull Larus maculipennis
  • Snowy-crowned Tern Sterna trudeaui
  • 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
  • Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
  • Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus
  • Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Chalk-browed Mockingbird Mimus saturninus
  • Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris
  • Great Pampa-Finch Embernagra platensis
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Black-chinned Siskin Carduelis barbata
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced

In all --- species of bird have so far been recorded. 

Other Fauna

A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse