CHILOE (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (12th April, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This is a famous site for the penguin nesting colonies. They nest on 3 small islets off the coast but we had missed the breeding season and saw none. About 20 were still present but only came back in the evening to roost. We saw some other good species though including Red-legged Cormorant on the cliffs near the Penguinera, Flightless Steamer-duck in the bay and also 2 Pudu's, a small deer species less than 1km from the Penguinera crossing the road on a slope where there was some low native vegetation on both sides. Punihuil maybe serviced by irregular bus from Ancud. We hitched which was possible but not easy. From the Punihuil turn off from the main road we managed to take a Colectivo all the way to the Penguinera. After the turn-off there were some damp areas with a few species of ducks. I saw 46 species. 

Species seen

  • Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis
  • Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Rock Shag Phalacrocorax magellanicus
  • Imperial Shag Phalacrocorax atriceps
  • Red-legged Cormorant Phalacrocorax gaimardi Near-threatened
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Flightless Steamerduck Tachyeres pteneres
  • Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix
  • Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris
  • Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica
  • Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus
  • American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus
  • Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
  • Lesser Yellowlegs ? Tringa flavipes
  • Belcher's Gull ? Larus belcheri
  • Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
  • Brown-hooded Gull Larus maculipennis
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Slender-billed Parakeet Enicognathus leptorhynchus Endemic
  • Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
  • Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus
  • Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda
  • Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides
  • 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
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus
  • Black-chinned Siskin Carduelis barbata
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced Seen on way to Punihuil

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse