Tipiliuke & National Parks in Northern Patagonia
In the East: semi-arid habitats with shrubs and bushes covering hills, plains and plateaus. Climate: dry in the summer, cold and snowy during the winter. Vegetation: highly adapted to the semi-desert environment. Some wetlands locally called “mallin” and river valleys interrupt the dry lands.
Typical birds: the Lesser Rhea locally known as “choike” (Pterocnemia pennata) , Crested-Tinamou (Eudromia elegans), several raptors including the Black-chestes Buzzard Eagle (Geranoaetus melanolaucus) , the Burrowing Parrot (Cyanoliseus patagonus) and amongst the passerines are the Diuca Finch (Diuca Diuca), the Canasteros belonging to the genus Asthenes, the Long-tailed Meadowlark (Sturnella loyca) and the Shrike-tyrants of the genus Agriornis.
Includes a wide range of trees belonging to the genus Nothofagus, commonly known as beech trees, which dominate the slopes of the Andean mountains and adjoin ecotone forests of Austrocedrus chilensis, Maytenus boaria and Discaria chacaya. The ecotone marks the transition to the steppe. Climate: dry summers and heavy snows during winter • Several endemisms and typical families exist in the beech tree forest: Magallanic woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus), Southern Pigeon (Columba araucana), Southern Fire-crown (Sephanoides sephanoides), ground-dwelling birds known as tapaculos belonging to the Rhinocryptidae family, the White-crested Elaenia (Elaenia albiceps) and the endemic Austral Parakeet (Enicognathus ferrugineus).
The Aquatic Environment
Lakes, ponds, rivers or springs and wetlands of all types. Birding hotspots. Many species of ducks, grebes, coots, swans, geese, cormorants and gulls live in these habitats. Some examples include the Black-neckes Swan (Cygnus melanocoryphus), Ashy-headed Goose (Chloephaga poliocephala) Wren-like Rushbird (Phleocryptes melanops) and Yellow-winged Blackbird (Agelaius thilius)
BIRD WATCHING GUIDE
• Biologist and university teacher.
• As a child, lived in the United States and in Ecuador.
• Lives in San Martín de los Andes (Patagonia) since 1999.
• Active member of a local non-profit, non-governmental conservation organization (Asociación Conservación Patagónica).
• Has worked in several environmental education programs, including birding with elementary schools.
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