Birdwatching in Uruguay
Hotspots in the land of the colourful birds
Uruguay brings on several important features that make #birdwatching activity very enjoyable and productive. In short distances many different environments are involved, resulting in a great diversity of birds. Nearly a hundred species can be seen on a single day! Moreover, the coastline and wetlands here are very important for migrant species that arrive every year during summer and winter, from North and South of the continent. Many of these areas are protected and the most important wetlands take part of the RAMSAR Convention.
On this tour you will visit four hot spots for birding which are Important Bird Areas (BirdLife International): Marshes of Maldonado River, José Ignacio Lagoon, Castillos Lagoon and Marshes of Rocha; and the Santa Teresa National Park. After a 5 days tour on these natural areas can be seen up to 160 species.
Your local guide, Florencia Ocampo, is a great example of how responsible tourism can be to the local environment and the destination where she makes a living. When she was 17 she started birding motivated by birds' conservation issues and a few years later she started her career in Biological Sciences. Soon she got involved with the NGO Aves #Uruguay, Aver Aves and the Natural History National Museum of Uruguay, for which she worked in research.
Well, that is not all: when you take this tour, you not only visit Uruguay with the help of a local specialist but also collaborate with the welfare of dozens of children and teenagers.
10% of the earnings will be destined to Tu Lugar, where they receive food, clothing and love.
Top 3 Highlights
The wetlands of Maldonado
The Wetlands of Maldonado is an Important Bird Area (IBA-BirdLife International) which involves the surrounding marshes of the Maldonado River. This area is crucial for many migrant shore bird species that come in winter and summer time. The coasts of the river bring on many Tern species and a big population of the Olrog ́s Gull in winter time.
Arboretum Lussich is a sanctuary for many local bird species. Three species of hummingbirds are present here most of the year thanks to the variety of trees that provide flowers also in winter: Glittering-bellied Emerald, White-throated Hummingbird and Gilded Hummingbird. Four of the ten species of woodpeckers of Uruguay occur here: Campo Flicker, Green-barred Woodpecker, White Woodpecker and White-spotted Woodpecker. Sometimes can be also seen the Mottled Piculet. Other birds that can be observed are the Gray-necked Wood-Rail and the Rufous- browed Peppershrike.
Marshes of Rocha
These marshes are included as a National Park, an Important Bird Area and also integrate the RAMSAR Wetlands Convention. Many birds in danger of extinction occure here like Black-and-white Monjita, Marsh Seedeater and Saffron- cowled Blackbird. Other interesting birds are the Spotted Rail, Rufous-sided Crake and Red-and-white Crake.
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