Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (12-13th July, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

We took this trip also with Guyra Paraguay to help with a waterbird census. We drove long distances and saw most birds from the car. Buses do seem to pass through the good birding areas but infrequently. Pilar has several places to stay and eat. We stayed at the Hotel Apart Liza for G40,000 per person. Much of the area is wetlands with lakes and flooded fields. There are also good areas with long grass and some gallery forest. I saw 102 species including 2 lifers. 

Species seen

  • Greater Rhea Rhea americana Near-threatened
  • Red-winged Tinamou Rhynchotus rufescens
  • Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Whistling Heron Syrigma sibilatrix
  • Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  • Rufescent Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma lineatum
  • Maguari Stork Ciconia maguari
  • Bare-faced Ibis Phimosus infuscatus
  • White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  • Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja
  • Southern Screamer Chauna torquata
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
  • Brazilian Teal Amazonetta brasiliensis
  • Silver Teal Anas versicolor
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture Cathartes burrovianus
  • Snail Kite Rostrhamus sociabilis
  • Long-winged Harrier Circus buffoni
  • Savanna Hawk Buteogallus meridionalis
  • Black-collared Hawk Busarellus nigricollis
  • Roadside Hawk Buteo magnirostris
  • Southern Caracara Caracara plancus
  • Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis
  • Chaco Chachalaca Ortalis canicollis
  • Limpkin Aramus guarauna
  • Giant Wood-Rail Aramides ypecaha
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  • Wattled Jacana Jacana jacana
  • White-backed Stilt Himantopus melanurus
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae
  • Large-billed Tern Phaetusa simplex
  • Picazuro Pigeon Patagioenas picazuro
  • Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
  • Picui Ground-Dove Columbina picui
  • White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi
  • Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus
  • Blue-fronted Parrot Amazona aestiva
  • Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana
  • Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani
  • Guira Cuckoo Guira guira
  • Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
  • Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquatus
  • Amazon Kingfisher Chloroceryle amazona
  • Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
  • Toco Toucan Ramphastos toco
  • White Woodpecker Melanerpes candidus
  • Campo Flicker Colaptes campestris
  • Rufous Hornero Furnarius rufus
  • Sooty-fronted Spinetail Synallaxis frontalis
  • Yellow-chinned Spinetail Certhiaxis cinnamomea
  • Greater Thornbird Phacellodomus ruber
  • Firewood-gatherer Anumbius annumbi
  • Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper ? Drymornis bridgesii
  • Narrow-billed Woodcreeper Lepidocolaptes angustirostris
  • Sooty Tyrannulet Serpophaga nigricans
  • Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer
  • Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
  • Gray Monjita Xolmis cinerea
  • White Monjita Xolmis irupero
  • Spectacled Tyrant Hymenops perspicillatus
  • Streamer-tailed Tyrant Gubernetes yetapa
  • Cattle Tyrant Machetornis rixosus
  • Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  • Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
  • Gray-breasted Martin Progne chalybea
  • White-winged Swallow ? Tachycineta albiventer
  • White-rumped Swallow Tachycineta leucorrhoa
  • Tawny-headed Swallow Alopochelidon fucata
  • Yellowish Pipit h Anthus lutescens
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Chalk-browed Mockingbird Mimus saturninus
  • Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris
  • Creamy-bellied Thrush Turdus amaurochalinus
  • Masked Gnatcatcher Polioptila dumicola
  • Plush-crested Jay Cyanocorax chrysops
  • Tropical Parula Parula pitiayumi
  • Sayaca Tanager Thraupis sayaca
  • Burnished-buff Tanager ? Tangara cayana
  • Black-capped Warbling-Finch Poospiza melanoleuca
  • Rusty-collared Seedeater Sporophila collaris
  • Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola
  • Great Pampa-Finch Embernagra platensis
  • Red-crested Cardinal Paroaria coronata
  • Yellow-billed Cardinal ? Paroaria capitata
  • Grassland Sparrow ? Ammodramus humeralis
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Grayish Saltator ? Saltator coerulescens
  • Unicolored Blackbird Agelasticus cyanopus
  • Golden-winged Cacique Cacicus chrysopterus
  • Yellow-rumped Marshbird Pseudoleistes guirahuro
  • Scarlet-headed Blackbird Amblyramphus holosericeus
  • Chopi Blackbird Gnorimopsar chopi
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse


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