Category: BOLIVIA
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ORURO (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (20th January, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This is an incredible spot and well worth the effort. Oruro is a large city with many places to stay and eat. I stayed at the Residencial on Bolivar (sngle Bs20). In Wheatley, it said the lake was just 5 minutes drive from town. It was actually a gruelling 7km walk which at high altitude is no fun. Go South from the centre until you meet the highway, turn left here and go straight until you reach the train tracks. Look out for Black-winged and Bare-faced Ground-Doves. Either walk south along the tracks or along the road that runs parrallel. There are km marks along the tracks starting at 248. This road is drivable although a bit muddy and not very pretty along the first stretch through a rubbish dump. Renting a bicycle may also be an option. Also watch out for stray dogs (keep a rock handy). After a km or 2 the birding becomes good. There had been a lot of rain when I got there and much of the area along the train track and road was flooded and great for waders. Larger bodies of water after about 3-4km had Puna Flamingo and Andean Avocet. After the km252 marker there is a set of building foundations by the train track. I saw Mountain Parakeet, Giant Coot and Chilean Flamingo here. After this the road sank into the lake but maybe exposed at lower water level. I walked along the train tracks from here and there are small reedbeds on both sides holding Plumbeus Rail, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Wren-like Rushbird, Andean Duck and Yellow-winged Blackbird among others. After km 255 I finally found 4 Andean Flamingos easily distinguished from the more numerous Chilean Flamingos by their black flight feathers pretruding whilst standing, larger extent of black on the bill and more reddish on the front. Be careful of trains. None passed in the morning and the first came by at 1pm. There is enough room to stand by the side but it's probably better not to be near the tracks. I saw 46 species including 5 lifers. 

Species seen 

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse