PUERTO MONTT to CASTRO & LIST (including Pagua-Chucao ferry) 

CHILOE (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (10th & 13th April, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

We saw a few birds in Puerta Montt whilst waiting for a bus. The bus ride to Castro took about 4 hours and produced a few species. The 30 minute ferry ride from Pagua-Chucao was good for sea birds especially on the way back in the early morning. A few birds were seen around Castro. I saw 38 species. 

Species seen

  • Great Grebe Podiceps major
  • Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis
  • Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
  • Antarctic Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus Vulnerable
  • Pink-footed Shearwater ? Puffinus creatopus Vulnerable
  • Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
  • Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus
  • Peruvian Booby Sula variegata
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Rock Shag ? Phalacrocorax magellanicus
  • Imperial Shag Phalacrocorax atriceps
  • Red-legged Cormorant ? Phalacrocorax gaimardi Near-threatened
  • Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis
  • Black-necked Swan Cygnus melanocorypha
  • Flightless Steamerduck Tachyeres pteneres
  • Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris
  • Red Shoveler Anas platalea Seen near Ancud
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango Seen near Castro
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus
  • South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae Seen near
  • Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
  • Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  • Chilean Skua ? Stercorarius chilensis
  • Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
  • Brown-hooded Gull Larus maculipennis
  • South American Tern ? Sterna hirundinacea
  • Rock Dove Columba livia Introduced
  • Chilean Pigeon Patagioenas araucana Seen on way Puerto Montt to Bariloche
  • Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata
  • Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii
  • Patagonian Sierra-Finch Phrygilus patagonicus
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse