OTAMENDI (Compass)

00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 

Best Time for visit (June, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

Otamendi is easily reached by public transport from Buenos Aires. Take a train towards Juarez and change lines and get off at Otamendi station. Cross the tracks and follow a gravel road along towards a river about 5km away. This road has ditches and some reeds next to it and had Curve-billed Reedhaunter, Wren-like Rushbird, Many-coloured Rush-Tyrant and Scarlet-headed Blackbird just in the first few hundred metres on the left. Further along were some trees on the right next to some water that had Diademed Tanager and Red-rumped Warbling-Finch. Back at the station head the other way and through a passage over a mall hill and a few hundred metres further along to the entrance to the national park. In the park there were 2 trails with a few interesting birds including Stripe-crowned Spinetail, Masked Gnatcatcher and Hepatic Tanager and there was a look out over a lake far away with Black-necked Swans. People have been mugged near the station and caution should be taken not to show any overt signs of wealth. I saw 39 species including 4 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • Black-necked Swan Cygnus melanocorypha
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Cinereous Harrier ? Circus cinereus
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Southern Caracara Caracara plancus
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  • White-backed Stilt Himantopus melanurus
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Picazuro Pigeon Patagioenas picazuro
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus
  • Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus
  • Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops
  • Curve-billed Reedhaunter Limnornis curvirostris
  • Stripe-crowned Spinetail Cranioleuca pyrrhophia
  • Freckle-breasted Thornbird h Phacellodomus striaticollis
  • Narrow-billed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes angustirostris
  • Sooty Tyrannulet Serpophaga nigricans
  • Many-colored Rush-Tyrant Tachuris rubrigastra
  • Spectacled Tyrant Hymenops perspicillatus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • White-rumped Swallow Tachycineta leucorrhoa
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Chalk-browed Mockingbird Mimus saturninus
  • Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris
  • Masked Gnatcatcher Polioptila dumicola
  • Sayaca Tanager Thraupis sayaca
  • Diademed Tanager Stephanophorus diadematus
  • Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch Poospiza nigrorufa
  • Red-rumped Warbling-Finch Poospiza lateralis
  • Great Pampa-Finch Embernagra platensis
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Brown-and-yellow Marshbird Pseudoleistes virescens
  • Scarlet-headed Blackbird Amblyramphus holosericeus
  • Hooded Siskin Carduelis magellanica

Other Fauna 

A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse