CHACO Biome Endemics and Near-Endemics List 


Birding Site Guide

BENES lists are unique to BSG and were created for the website.

This list contains all species endemic to or difficult to find outside of, this ecoregion. They differ importantly from Endemic Bird Areas because the size of the area they cover is the whole ecoregion, whereas EBA are restricted to 50,000km2, they furthermore not only include all endemic species but also all other species which are difficult to observe outside the individual biomes (this naturally includes near-endemics and any other more widespread threatened or near-threatened species). This was quite deliberately done to provide ready-made lists for birders of all scarce species they could expect to see in the region. 


  • Brushland Tinamou Nothoprocta cinerascens LC
  • Quebracho Crested Tinamou Eudromia formosa LC
  • Spot-winged Falconet Spiziapteryx circumcinctus LC
  • Chaco Chachalaca Ortalis canicollis LC
  • Black-legged Seriema Chunga burmeisteri LC
  • Chaco Owl Strix chacoensis LC
  • Buff-bellied Hermit Phaethornis subochraceus LC
  • White-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes cactorum LC
  • Black-bodied Woodpecker Dryocopus schulzi NT
  • Cream-backed Woodpecker Campephilus leucopogon LC
  • Chaco Earthcreeper Ochetorhynchus certhioides LC
  • Crested Hornero Furnarius cristatus LC
  • Lark-like Brushrunner Coryphistera alaudina LC
  • Great Rufous Woodcreeper Xiphocolaptes major LC
  • Crested Gallito Rhinocrypta lanceolata LC
  • Olive-crowned Crescent-chest Melanopareia maximiliani LC
  • Dinelli's Doradito Pseudocolopteryx dinellianus NT
  • Cinereous Tyrant Knipolegus striaticeps LC
  • Chaco Pipit Anthus chacoensis LC
  • Yellow-billed Cardinal Paroaria capitata LC
  • Many-coloured Chaco-Finch Saltatricula multicolor LC
  • Black-capped Warbling-Finch Poospiza melanoleuca LC
  • Stripe-capped Sparrow Aimophila strigiceps LC


BirdLife International (2005) Data Zone. 

Author: B.P. Wainwright