CHILOE (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (11th April, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This lake is on the road towards the entrance to the Parque Nacional de Chiloe at Cucao. We wanted to visit here on a day trip but out of the high season there is only 1 bus a day, leaving at 12:30pm. Instead we took a bus to XXXXXX and got off on the highway before the bus turned off left into the town. From here it was a 2-3 km walk along the road to a right turn from where we hitched the 8km to the town of Huillinco on the edge of the large lake. From the town, there was good forest along the road. Along here we saw the regional endemics, Chucao Tapaculo and Black-throated Huet Huet. We also saw Slender-billed Parakeets after getting off the bus at the highway. Chilean Flamingos have occasionally been seen at the lake but we saw none. I saw 41 species. 

Species seen 

  • Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  • Great Grebe Podiceps major
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis
  • Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus
  • Southern Caracara Caracara plancus
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus
  • Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Kelp Gull ? Larus dominicanus
  • Slender-billed Parakeet Enicognathus leptorhynchus Endemic
  • Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
  • Striped Woodpecker Picoides lignarius
  • Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus
  • Bar-winged Cinclodes ? Cinclodes fuscus
  • Des Murs's Wiretail Sylviorthorhynchus desmursii
  • Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda
  • Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides
  • White-throated Treerunner Pygarrhichas albogularis
  • Black-throated Huet-huet Pteroptochos tarnii
  • Chucao Tapaculo Scelorchilus rubecula
  • Rufous-tailed Plantcutter Phytotoma rara
  • Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
  • Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope
  • Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii
  • Patagonian Sierra-Finch Phrygilus patagonicus
  • Common Diuca-Finch Diuca diuca
  • Grassland Yellow-Finch Sicalis luteola On way Huillinco
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Yellow-winged Blackbird ? Agelaius thilius
  • Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca
  • Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus
  • Black-chinned Siskin Carduelis barbata

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse