TUCUMAN (Compass)

00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 

Best Time for visit (1st-2nd August, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

I visited 2 sites near Taffi. Both along Route 309. The first was near a place called Infernillo about 20km North of Taffi. A bus leaves Taffi at 8:30 for Cafayate. Ask to be dropped off at km 80. The highest point of the road is called El Infernillo at km 87. Here there is a small shrubby gulley where I saw Bare-faced Ground-Dove and Andean Tinamou. Tucuman Mountain-Finch can be found here although we only found it 2km further down the road in another bigger bushy gully set back from the road reached by a gravel track. This forks off to the left (heading North) after a small bridge and before a small rocky hill. I saw 30 species including lifers. 

Species seen 

  • Andean Tinamou Nothoprocta pentlandii
  • Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Andean Goose Chloephaga melanoptera
  • Torrent Duck Merganetta armata
  • Speckled Teal ? Anas flavirostris
  • Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica
  • Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus
  • White-tailed Hawk ? Buteo albicaudatus
  • Variable Hawk Buteo polyosoma
  • Southern Caracara Caracara plancus
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Andean Lapwing Vanellus resplendens
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui
  • Bare-faced Ground-Dove Metriopelia ceciliae
  • Bare-eyed Ground-Dove Metriopelia morenoi Endemic
  • Burrowing Parrot Cyanoliseus patagonus
  • Gray-hooded Parakeet ? Psilopsiagon aymara
  • Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
  • Andean Swift Aeronautes andecolus
  • White Woodpecker ? Melanerpes candidus
  • Andean Flicker Colaptes rupicola
  • Gray-flanked Cinclodes Cinclodes oustaleti
  • Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura fuliginiceps
  • Scribble-tailed Canastero ? Asthenes maculicauda
  • Cliff Flycatcher Hirundinea ferruginea
  • Gray-bellied Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis microptera
  • Lesser Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis murina Breeding endemic
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Rufous-throated Dipper Cinclus schulzi Vulnerable
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Mountain Wren Troglodytes solstitialis
  • Chiguanco Thrush Turdus chiguanco
  • Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris
  • Brown-capped Redstart Myioborus brunniceps
  • Common Bush-Tanager Chlorospingus ophthalmicus
  • Band-tailed Sierra-Finch Phrygilus alaudinus
  • Rusty-browed Warbling-Finch Poospiza erythrophrys
  • Tucuman Mountain-Finch Poospiza baeri Endemic
  • Band-tailed Seedeater Catamenia analis
  • Yellow-striped Brush-Finch Atlapetes citrinellus Endemic
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis
  • 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