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Santa Cruz San Juan Santa Fe Tierra del Fuego Professional guides
Initial Last Name Area Available Language



M del Castillo Buenos Aires, Escobar Anytime Spanishl, english
Hi! I live in Escobar, a really cool place to go birdwatching because it's not really well known and it's in the countryside.

I've already counted 220 species in this area. I really enjoy meeting new people and go birdwatching with them!
Area:
Escobar (private places), Anywhere in Buenos Aires

Area Birds:
Penelope obscura, Aramides ypecaha, Melanerpes candidus
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, swimming, beach, sky diving
Travel: walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, biking, mobile


 
L Dodyk Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Anytime Spanish, English, Portugues
I'm a naturalist. As a member of Aves Argentinas, I like sharing the areas in Buenos Aires where we are able to see a significant variety of bird species: R.E.C.S. Palermo and open areas in Buenos Aires
M Baltuska Sarmiento, Chubut Anytime Spanish, English
My town hosts a very interesting array of Patagonian steppe and waterfowl, but we are not on the tourist route. Even more dramatic places such as Puerto Deseado deserve more atention. Puerto Deseado is truly patagonia's best kept secret. Really...a trip to it ensures 4 cormorants, 3 gulls, 2 penguins, waders, skuas, sheatbills, 3 oysterchatchers... amazing spot!
S Carlos Calilegua/Jujuy/El Rey/Salta NP Anytime Spanish, English
Our place is a Natural Private Reserve and Birdingpals are guided around here free, but we do have the cabins for lodging.
M Voto Villa La Angostura, Neuquen Anytime Spanish, English
I am a naturalist, a member of Aves Argentinas (Birdlife), birdwatching Club of Villa La Angostura & Palermo (BA). I live near Nahuel Huapi National Park, also known as the Andean Patagonia Forest. This incredible place congregates some endemic birds like: chucao tapaculo, andean tapaculo, black throat huet huet, green back firecrown, magellanic woodpecker, thorn-tailed rayadito, austral parakeet, white throat tree-runner, and other unique species. Please contact me for further information!
G Argiroffo Rosario, Santa Fe Weekend Spanish, English, less French Italian
I teach Mathematics at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario and I belong to the Birdwatcher Club of Rosario (COA Federal Rosario). This city is on the Parana River where there are beautiful islands to watch birds. Near Rosario it is also located the Pre-Delta National Park. In addition, I own an amazing farm near the IBA San Javier where I see grassland and river birds.


Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

Initial Last Name Area Available Language

 

  Horacio Matarasso Buenos Dias Birding Buenos Aires, CABA, Argentina Anytime English, Spanish
  I'm a biologist and a passionate birder. I started birding at the high school in the '80, so I decided to study biology at Buenos Aires University to dedicate myself to ornithology and birding.

I used to work at BA University and at Western Washington University in ornithology of Argentina, and later to national universities about bird and management of the environment.

For 18 years I lived in Patagonia, where I was professor on Biology and Director of the Ornithology Center at Comahue National University, making census in different biogeographic habitats. Now I'm living in Buenos Aires, working as birding guide in Buenos Dias Birding, giving birding courses, and working about birds. I also colaborate in Wetlands international as memeber of the international board, in the organization of the South American Birdfair, as president of the International Comittee, and as member of Aves Argentinas / Birdlife International. I like birding and share this activity with other people I'll be glad to guide people from all the world in the places that I know and love.
Area:
Buenos Aires is a great hotspot with several natural reserves and surrounded by natural areas close to downtown. You can visit here undeveloped areas,open, with diverse habitats, some patches of typical cattle raising and a very rich birdlife, huge wetlands, forests and savannas and humid grassland of the Pampas for birding outing from 1 to 4 days. Miles of dirt roads allow easy birding, alternating walking and driving, and also spotting birds from the car.

The region is markedly “birdy” with abundant individuals and good levels of activity even at every season. From Buenos Aires you have completly different lanscapes to visit, like Iguazu Falls on the North, surrounded by tropical rainforests, the Andes montains at the west, Patagonia at south, and others... to think in your next trip!.

Area Birds:
Saffron-cowled Blackbird, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Southern Screamer, Greater Rhea, Strange-tailed Tyrant, Red-and-green Macaw, King Penguin, Andean Flamingo, Whistling Heron, Ruddy-headed Goose, Savanna Hawk, Band-tailed Manakin, Magellanic Woodpecker, Crested Gallito, Scimitar Billed Woodcreeper, Brown Cacholote, White Monjita, Jabirú, Toco Toucan, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Roseate Spoonbill, Golden Billed Saltator, Red Crested Cardinal, Guira Cockoo, Fork Tailed and Vermilion Flycatcher, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Ibera Seedeater and several Seedsnipes, Tapaculos, Ducks, Tinamous, Flycatcher, Tanagers and Parrots.

Interests:

Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, mammals and wildlife
Travel: car, walk, boats, horse
Visit: outdoors, nature spot, lake, ocean, reserves & national parks, museum, restaurant, vineyard,
Attend: Birdfairs
Participate: wine, beer

D Gallegos Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Anytime Spanish, English
Last February I contacted Diego after reading about him on the Birdingpal website. We began to email each other in preparation for a trip from my home state of Florida to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
When I couldn't find the book, Aves de Buenos Aires, here in Florida, Diego was able to get it for me. He picked us up (myself and my daughter) and took us to several different areas twice during the week that we birded with him. He made sure we had good looks at the birds and patiently helped us to identify them. Diego even managed to find a Golden-crowned Warbler for me, a species I had never been able to see in the U.S.A. During both trips, Diego made sure that we had food and drinks. Because I like to take photos of new birds (and I had many lifers while birding with Diego!), Diego made sure that we lingered long enough at each place for taking photos. Another reason why we enjoyed his services is that Diego is quite knowledgable about other wildlife and plants in the region, not just the bird species.
If I travel to the Buenos Aires area in the future, Diego will be the first person I will call. I would highly recommend him to anyone who plans to bird there.
Sincerely, Irene Hernandez, Redington Shores, FL bskimmer(AT)tampabay.rr.com
R Manriquez Puerto Madryn, Chubut Anytime Spanish, English
Rubén Manriques guided us (two birders) in Tierra del Fuego for four days in January 2008. The trip was well organized by him. The hotels were okay and not too expensive, just as we had wished. He knew the birds and most of the places where to find them. Mats Björklund. maija.rasanen(AT)fimnet.fi
F Cornell Jujuy Anytime Spanish, English
Francisco guided me during my second trip to Argentina and I can recommend him as a knowable and very pleasant guide, who knows where to find the local rarities around Jujuy. Less than half an hour into our tour he spotted Torrent Ducks and Rufous-throated Dippers both lifers for me plus many more birds. Knud Rasmussen. Toronto, Canada.
G Cox San Pedro, Misiones Anytime English, Spanish
Feb 2018: Just back from a 5 day trip in & around Iguazu Falls with Guy Cox. Guy has been living in the Misiones region of Argentina for years & we had a great trip. 131 birds (I would have seen 4-5 without him!). 2 wonderful reserves visited (Surucua & San Sebastian de la Selva) and Guy knows all the best trails in the reserves. Can't wait to make another trip with him.
- Karen

Jan 2011. I highly recommend a trip with Guy Cox. He is the consummate expert to birds of the area, he helped us to find birds we would never have seen on our own. I recommend him whether you are an expert yourself or a novice to the birds of the area.
Sandy Weber - Blacksburg, VA 24060
Yacutinga Lodge - 11th May 2011. Guy - We wanted to thank you for the wonderful guiding during our stay. We enjoyed your insights into the world of the rain forest as well as your engaging stories of the ornithologist's life in South America.
Alice and David Schiff


I wanted to point out that I signed up with Guy Cox in Argentina but he had to cancel at the last moment because his flight from England was canceled. He hooked me up with Julian Baigorria who gave us a great tour of Urugua-I reserve.

I just wanted to publicly acknowledge both for their services so that other birders would know.
P. Bovitz 2017
E Daniels Ushuaia/Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia Anytime Spanish, English
I'm an enthusiastic birdwatcher and professional tour guide. As a birder I spent the last 10 years searching for the best places to find bird around Southern Patagonia. Tierra del Fuego Island and Patagonia are excellent to birdwatch and enjoy nature.


Damian Ceballo Independent Guide Calafate, Santa Cruz Monday to Saturday Spanish, English


I am a Calafate based guide, driver, photographer and an avid birdwatcher. I was born in Buenos Aires but from the moment I reached Calafate on a vacation I decided to stay and make my living there. Such a beautiful place was going to be my everyday living and working place for the next 10 years.

Guiding and transporting tourists around the special places of the area all this years has given me the opportunity to know exactly the best places to where to find the birds in the different seasons along the different routes in the area in their different habitats.

I'll be glad to guide you as I guide people from all over the world. Just contact me so we can setup time according to your schedule.


Area:
Calafate Area, Chalten Area, Lago roca, Laguna Nimez, la estancia, la herradura, la julia, la leona, tres lagos, punta bandera

Area Birds:
Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata Patagonian Tinamou Tinamotis ingoufi Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea Lake Duck Oxyura vittata Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba Black-necked Swan Cygnus melancoryphus Upland Goose Chloephaga picta Ashy-headed Goose Chloephaga poliocephala Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides Spectacled Duck Speculanas specularis Red Shoveler Spatula platalea Chiloe Wigeon Mareca sibilatrix Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellidae) Magellanic Plover Pluvianellus socialis Magellanic Oystercatcher Haematopus leucopodus Two-banded Plover Charadrius falklandicus Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae Magellanic Horned Owl Bubo magellanicus Andean Condor Vultur gryphus Long-winged Harrier Circus buffoni Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus Black-chested Buzzard-eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius Chimango Caracara Phalcoboenus chimango Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis Austral Parakeet Enicognathus ferrugineus Common Miner Geositta cunicularia Scale-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumetaria Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae) Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa Spectacled Tyrant Hymenops perspicillatus Ochre-naped Ground-tyrant Muscisaxicola flavinucha Great Shrike-tyrant Agriornis lividus Chocolate-vented Tyrant Neoxolmis rufiventris Grass Wren Cistothorus platensis Patagonian Mockingbird Mimus patagonicus Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii Correndera Pipit Anthus correndera Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis Long-tailed Meadowlark Leistes loyca Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus Patagonian Yellow-finch Sicalis lebruni Patagonian Sierra-finch Phrygilus patagonicus


Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, biking, long walk, backpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise, snow mobile
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, tech, casino
Attend: concert, ance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, swap
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, classical, wine, ceremony,
Play: cards, sports, boardgames, billiards, chess, checkers, scrambled letters games.




See my facebook: www.facebook.com/marcelodamian.ceballo.9

 


Birding Friendly Lodging

A place near a birding hotspot, operated by Pals who cater to birders' needs.

Contact Location Nearby Hotspots Type of lodging Languages

Eco-Portal de Piedra
Jujuy, near Calilegua National Park
Provincial Reserve Las Lancitas
Calilegua National Park
El Rey National Parks in Salta
Lodges. Multi-bedroom, porch, kitchen.
Each on its own private half an hectare!
English, Spanish
Eco-Portal de Piedra

Eco Portal Depiedra is located in the Northwest of Argentina, in the province of Jujuy. It`s a biological corridor between two National Parks: Calilegua in Jujuy and El Rey in Salta.

This zone is privileged with birds that are in the Calilegua National Park and El Rey, and adding some from the reserve that protects the hilly Chaco.

We have registered for the zone over 300sp of birds (please see list in web site) with many endemics.

Eco-Portal de Piedra is a Private Natural Reserve in the Yungas(mountain jungle), and together with the Provincial Reserve Las Lancitas, we protect over 11000 Ha.
Eco-Portal de Piedra

We are 40minutes from the Chaco region and an hour and a half from Calilegua.

we are neighbors of the Lancitas Provincial Reserve, that like ours, protects the two environments Chaco/Yungas.

Ours is manly in Yungas and Lancitas has more in Chaco.

Also we are right near the largest roosting spot registered for the Alder parrot (Amazona tucumana).

We have guided tours to these areas with the best hotspots.
Our guides are friendly experts with lots of experience leading trips, in English or Spanish.
The shorter guided tours around our reserve, are free for birding pals!

YEco-Portal de Piedra

The lodges that we have for you are set in their own natural environment; each one has its own private park of an approximated half a Hectare.
Each lodge has its own characteristics:

Surucua: a large building with two bedrooms (ac/heating), two bathrooms a kitchen dining-room, a big living-room with a fireplace, a deck outside (Capacity 6 persons)
Chañar: It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen-dining and a living-room and a porch (Capacity 5)
Las Lanzas: Stone Lodge right in the middle of nature, you access to it by a path a short way of the main road, or by 4 wheel drive, its ideal for watching the wild life or for investigators, it has a bedroom, two bathrooms an upstairs platform, and a large main space that has kitchen-dining- and living. Outside it has a barbecue place. (Capacity 4)

All the lodges have: running water (hot/cold), electricity, and include breakfast.
The lodges are totally equipped, even the kitchens; you always have the option of cooking meals yourself.
But you might prefer buying them prepared by one of the local families.

See https://www.airbnb.com.br/rooms/1469903 (Spanish)

Come and stay with us. We can take care of you, and everthing else.
We will pick you up at the airport (or other point) and take you back at the end.

Our website: www.ecoportaldepiedra.com

And we are on Facebook www.facebook.com/EcoportaldePiedra
 


Local Information
Name Description Type
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Argentina
Local weather Yahoo
Aves Argentinas Birdlife partner
Rosario, Aves Argentinas Club
Reserva Costanera, Buenos Aires Nature reserve
Reserva Natural Puerto de la ciudad de Mar del Plata Nature reserve
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites



Argentina Birding List (Our thanks to Karen)

English name

Scientific Name

Muscovy Duck

Cairina moschata

Rusty-margined Guan

Penelope superciliaris

Black-fronted Piping Guan

Pipile jacutinga

Green Ibis

Mesembrinibis cayennensis

Black-crowned Night Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax

Striated Heron

Butorides striata

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Whistling Heron

Syrigma sibilatrix

Neotropic Cormorant

Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Anhinga

Anhinga anhinga

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus

Roadside Hawk

Rupornis magnirostris

Short-tailed Hawk

Buteo brachyurus

Slaty-breasted Wood Rail

Aramides saracura

Common Gallinule

Gallinula galeata

Southern Lapwing

Vanellus chilensis

Solitary Sandpiper

Tringa solitaria

Picazuro Pigeon

Patagioenas picazuro

Pale-vented Pigeon

Patagioenas cayennensis

Scaled Dove

Columbina squammata

Ruddy Ground Dove

Columbina talpacoti

Picui Ground Dove

Columbina picui

White-tipped Dove

Leptotila verreauxi

Eared Dove

Zenaida auriculata

Guira Cuckoo

Guira guira

Greater Ani

Crotophaga major

Smooth-billed Ani

Crotophaga ani

Striped Cuckoo

Tapera naevia

Squirrel Cuckoo

Piaya cayana

Grey-rumped Swift

Chaetura cinereiventris

Scale-throated Hermit

Phaethornis eurynome

Swallow-tailed Hummingbird

Eupetomena macroura

Black Jacobin

Florisuga fusca

Black-throated Mango

Anthracothorax nigricollis

Purple-crowned Plovercrest

Stephanoxis loddigesii

Glittering-bellied Emerald

Chlorostilbon lucidus

Violet-capped Woodnymph

Thalurania glaucopis

Gilded Sapphire/Hummingbird

Hylocharis chrysura

Versicolored Emerald

Amazilia versicolor

Surucua Trogon

Trogon surrucura

Black-throated Trogon

Trogon rufus

Green Kingfisher

Chloroceryle americana

Ringed Kingfisher

Megaceryle torquata

Chestnut-eared Aracari

Pteroglossus castanotis

Toco Toucan

Ramphastos toco

Ochre-collared Piculet

Picumnus temminckii

White-spotted Woodpecker

Veniliornis spilogaster

Campo Flicker

Colaptes campestris

Lineated Woodpecker

Dryocopus lineatus

Southern Crested Caracara

Caracara plancus

Yellow-headed Caracara

Milvago chimachima

Scaly-headed Parrot

Pionus maximiliani

Maroon-bellied Parakeet

Pyrrhura frontalis

White-eyed Parakeet

Psittacara leucophthalmus

Rufous Hornero

Furnarius rufus

Rufous-capped Spinetail

Synallaxis ruficapilla

Grey-bellied Spinetail

Synallaxis cinerascens

Pale-breasted Spinetail

Synallaxis albescens

Spix's Spinetail

Synallaxis spixi

Ochre-breasted Foliage-gleaner

Philydor lichtensteini

White-eyed Foliage-gleaner

Automolus leucophthalmus

Olivaceous Woodcreeper

Sittasomus griseicapillus

Planalto Woodcreeper

Dendrocolaptes platyrostris

Lesser Woodcreeper

Xiphorhynchus fuscus

Rufous-winged Antwren

Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus

Plain Antvireo

Dysithamnus mentalis

Variable Antshrike

Thamnophilus caerulescens

Spot-backed Antshrike

Hypoedaleus guttatus

Rufous Gnateater

Conopophaga lineata

Wing-barred Piprites

Piprites chloris

Yellow-bellied Elaenia

Elaenia flavogaster

Yellow Tyrannulet

Capsiempis flaveola

Southern Antpipit

Corythopis delalandi

Southern Bristle Tyrant

Pogonotriccus eximius

Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet

Phylloscartes ventralis

Sepia-capped Flycatcher

Leptopogon amaurocephalus

Drab-breasted Bamboo Tyrant

Hemitriccus diops

Eared Pygmy Tyrant

Myiornis auricularis

Common Tody-Flycatcher

Todirostrum cinereum

White-throated Spadebill

Platyrinchus mystaceus

Euler's Flycatcher

Lathrotriccus euleri

Fuscous Flycatcher

Cnemotriccus fuscatus

Masked Water Tyrant

Fluvicola nengeta

Strange-tailed Tyrant

Alectrurus risora

Cattle Tyrant

Machetornis rixosa

Piratic Flycatcher

Legatus leucophaius

Social Flycatcher

Myiozetetes similis

Great Kiskadee

Pitangus sulphuratus

Streaked Flycatcher

Myiodynastes maculatus

Boat-billed Flycatcher

Megarynchus pitangua

Variegated Flycatcher

Empidonomus varius

Tropical Kingbird

Tyrannus melancholicus

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Tyrannus savana

Band-tailed Manakin

Pipra fasciicauda

Black-crowned Tityra

Tityra inquisitor

Greenish Schiffornis

Schiffornis virescens

Red-eyed Vireo

Vireo olivaceus

Plush-crested Jay

Cyanocorax chrysops

Grey-breasted Martin

Progne chalybea

Blue-and-white Swallow

Notiochelidon cyanoleuca

Southern Rough-winged Swallow

Stelgidopteryx ruficollis

House Wren

Troglodytes aedon

Chalk-browed Mockingbird

Mimus saturninus

Rufous-bellied Thrush

Turdus rufiventris

Creamy-bellied Thrush

Turdus amaurochalinus

Purple-throated Euphonia

Euphonia chlorotica

Violaceous Euphonia

Euphonia violacea

Green-chinned Euphonia

Euphonia chalybea

Chestnut-bellied Euphonia

Euphonia pectoralis

Rufous-collared Sparrow

Zonotrichia capensis

Red-rumped Cacique

Cacicus haemorrhous

Variable Oriole

Icterus pyrrhopterus

Shiny Cowbird

Molothrus bonariensis

Chopi Blackbird

Gnorimopsar chopi

Tropical Parula

Setophaga pitiayumi

White-striped Warbler

Myiothlypis leucophrys

Golden-crowned Warbler

Basileuterus culicivorus

Magpie Tanager

Cissopis leverianus

Chestnut-headed Tanager

Pyrrhocoma ruficeps

Black-goggled Tanager

Trichothraupis melanops

Ruby-crowned Tanager

Tachyphonus coronatus

Sayaca Tanager

Thraupis sayaca

Fawn-breasted Tanager

Pipraeidea melanonota

Swallow Tanager

Tersina viridis

Guira Tanager

Hemithraupis guira

Chestnut-vented Conebill

Conirostrum speciosum

Red Pileated Finch

Coryphospingus cucullatus

Saffron Finch

Sicalis flaveola

Green-winged Saltator

Saltator similis

Bananaquit

Coereba flaveola