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NORTHERN ARGENTINA

Saturday 13th October - Monday 5th November 2018

Mark Pearman

Black-fronted Piping Guan (Pirjo Laakso)

Black-fronted Piping Guan (Pirjo Laakso)

This year’s Northern Argentina tour was split into two, with a new itinerary in the north-east and proved to be another great success in a long line of tours to this scenic region. The north-west produced all the expected goodies with a clean sweep of all the available endemics among which Sandy Gallito and White-browed Tapaculo stood out. Highlights included Diademed Sandpiper-Plover (now a regular on this tour), Puna Plover, Andean and James Flamingos, Black-legged Seriema, Horned Coot, Red-faced Guan, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Wedge-tailed Hillstar, superb Slender-tailed Woodstar, Golden-collared Macaw, Olive-crowned Crescentchest, point blank views of Giant Antshrike, scope views of White-throated Antpitta after a prolongued search, Yungas Manakin, the iconic Rufous-throated Dipper and the localized, rock-loving Short-tailed Finch. Highlights in the north-east included Black-fronted Piping Guan down to 10 foot, Ash-colored and Pearly-breasted Cuckoos, Sickle-winged and Long-trained Nightjars, Buff-bellied Puffbird, Vinaceous-breasted Amazon, Mottled Piculet, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Canebrake Groundcreeper, Straight-billed Reedhaunter, bizarre Strange-tailed Tyrant, White-naped Xenopsaris, Ochre-breasted Pipit, Glaucous-blue Grosbeak, stunning Yellow Cardinal as well as seven species of seedeaters. In all we recorded 541 species of birds. Additionally some 27 species of mammal were seen with highlights of Jaguarundi in the north-west and Plains Viscacha in the north-east.

Rufous-throated Dipper (Pirjo Laakso)

Rufous-throated Dipper (Pirjo Laakso)