CORDOBA (Compass)

00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 

Best Time for visit (30th July, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This small town is nearby Salinas Grande, a huge salt lake. The habitat surrounding it holds the endemic Salinas Monjita which we failed to see but which, with luck can be found here. There is no accomodation in San Jose and the nearest in possibly in Quilino 27km away or about 51km away in Dean Funes, a fair-sized town. The only bus to San Jose pases both leaving Dean Funes at 10:25 and returning at 6pm from San Jose. From San Jose, there is a road which passes passes near the road (ask locally for the start of the road). Along this road I saw Ringed Warbling-Finch, Black-crested Finch and Cordilleran Canastero. After about 5km along this road, there is a clear fork off to the right and about 1.5km along here you reach the edge of the salinas. This last track has good steppe vegetation where I saw Crested Gallito. The stunted vegetation around the salinas had Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant. I saw 35 species including 4 lifers. 

Species seen 

  • Brushland Tinamou Nothoprocta cinerascens
  • Spotted Nothura ? Nothura maculosa
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • Spot-winged Pigeon Patagioenas maculosa
  • Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui
  • Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus
  • White-fronted Woodpecker ? Melanerpes cactorum
  • Chaco Earthcreeper Ochetorhynchus certhioides
  • Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus
  • Stripe-crowned Spinetail Cranioleuca pyrrhophia
  • Cordilleran Canastero Asthenes modesta
  • Lark-like Brushrunner Coryphistera alaudina
  • Brown Cacholote Pseudoseisura lophotes
  • Crested Gallito Rhinocrypta lanceolata
  • Chaco Suiriri Suiriri suiriri
  • Greater Wagtail-Tyrant Stigmatura budytoides
  • Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant Anairetes flavirostris
  • Black-crowned Monjita Xolmis coronata Breeding endemic
  • Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant ? Agriornis montana
  • Gray-bellied Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis microptera
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Patagonian Mockingbird ? Mimus patagonicus
  • Masked Gnatcatcher Polioptila dumicola
  • Many-colored Chaco-Finch Saltatricula multicolor
  • Red-crested Finch Coryphospingus cucullatus
  • Black-crested Finch Lophospingus pusillus
  • Ringed Warbling-Finch Poospiza torquata
  • Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
  • Great Pampa-Finch Embernagra platensis
  • Grassland Sparrow Ammodramus humeralis
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Golden-billed Saltator Saltator aurantiirostris
  • 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