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NORTHERN ARGENTINA

Wednesday 28th October - Thursday 19th November 2015

Mark Pearman

Northern Argentina 2015 was another successful episode of this classic tour with some 560 species seen this year (plus some more heard only). Highlights in the north-west included Red-faced Guan, Black-legged Seriema, Horned Coot, Wedge-tailed Hilstar, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, White-throated Antpitta, Zimmer’s Tapaculo, Rufous-throated Dipper, Red-backed Sierra Finch, Tucuman Mountain Finch, Short-tailed Finch and a clean sweep on all the available endemics. The north-east produced such highly sought-after species as Black-fronted Piping-Guan, Long-tailed Potoo, Long-trained Nightjar, Vinaceous-breasted Amazon, Spotted Bamboowren, Canebrake Groundcreeper, Black-and-white Monjita, Strange-tailed Tyrant, Azure Jay and Yellow Cardinal. We also saw nine species of tinamou including the tricky Quebracho Crested Tinamou and Huayco Tinamou. At Iberá we managed to find nine species of seedeater, including an undescribed species. We also saw twenty-five species of mammal including two Pumas together, Brazilian Tapir, Chacoan Mara and the bizarre Plains Vizcacha. Giant Tegu lizards, including a jaw-dropping Red Tegu of well over a metre long, a close up Neuwied’s Lancehead and a handsome Yellow Anaconda approaching three metres in length, were some of the more shocking reptiles seen on the tour.