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Coastal Marshes & the Pacific, Waterfowl and Seabirds of Mediterranean Chile

Birding and nature photography tour visiting the lowland wetlands and the Pacific coast south of Valparaiso. On this tour you will discover the wealth of waterfowl and aquatic birds of Chile plus a good sample of the specialties and endemics of the coastal region of Mediterranean Chile. This easy to moderate tour is suitable for cruise passengers with restricted time at the ports of call.

Full day tour (10-12 hours) from Santiago de Chile o Valparaiso. Available from August through May.

Chiloe Wigeon (Anas sibilatrix), Laguna El Peral NR, Central Chile © Enrique Couve - www.fsexpeditions.com


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Early in the morning we will drive a short distance north of Santiago to visit some marshes. Here our targets will be South American Painted Snipe, Rosy-billed Pochard, White-cheeked Pintail and Cocoi Heron. Later on, we will head westward to visit the scenic Pacific coast and the productive rocky coast north of Valparaíso. Here we shall search for the endemic Chilean Seaside Cinclodes and endemic seabirds of the Humboldt Current such as Red-legged and Guanay Cormorants, Peruvian Booby, Grey Gull and the stunning Inca Tern. During the afternoon we will visit the Maipo river mouth and surrounding coastal wetlands, including the exceptional El Peral Nature Reserve, where we will concentrate in finding the cryptic-coloured Stripe-backed Bittern, the brood-parasitic Black-headed Duck and the striking Many-colored Rush-Tyrant. We will also have a chance to find the scarce and local Warbling Doradito.



Rates 2016/2017

Day Tour: Available from August through May.


Meet/Depart: Daily departures from Santiago or Valparaiso, Chile.


Duration: Approximately 10-12 hours | Pick-up time at your hotel in Santiago or Valparaiso: 6-8am.


Coastal Marshes & the Pacific
Trip Code SCL03
No. of guests 2 3 4 5 6 7 8+
Price per person $357 $245 $188 $155 $132 $116 104


What the trip includes/excludes

The above prices are per person in US Dollars. All payments are in US Dollars.

The trip price includes: Private transportation and birding guide services during the tour, picnic lunch and snacks, and one bottle of mineral water. VAT of the tour is also included.

The trip price excludes: Tipping, travel insurance, à la carte dishes, alcoholic drinks, and anything else of a purely personal nature.


Tour Registration

 To book this tour, please complete the online registration form and pay a deposit of US$ 100 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure.


Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.

Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

- If cancellation is made between 90 and 61 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.

- If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.

This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.




The vehicles we use in our day tour in central ChileIn our tours we only use authorized vehicles with professional drivers (your birding guide will not be driving!). We use comfortable and spacious vehicles such as the Mercedes Sprinter or similar. Each of our passengers will get a window seat.



Field Checklist

Checklist for the Birds and Mammals possible to be seen during this trip.






Family Tinamidae [Tinamous]

Chilean Tinamou Nothoprocta perdicaria




Family Anatidae [Swans, Geese and Ducks]

Black-necked Swan Cygnus melancoryphus

Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba

Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix

Yellow-billed Teal Anas flavirostris

Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica

White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera

Red Shoveler Anas platalea

Rosy-billed Pochard Netta peposaca

Black-headed Duck Heteronetta atricapilla

Lake Duck Oxyura vittata




Family Odontophoridae [New World Quails]

California Quail Callipepla californica




Family Podicipedidae [Grebes]

White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

Great Grebe Podiceps major

Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis




Family Spheniscidae [Penguins]

Humboldt Penguin Spheniscus humboldti




Family Sulidae [Boobies]

Peruvian Booby Sula variegata


Family Phalacrocoracidae [Cormorants]

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Red-legged Cormorant Phalacrocorax gaimardi

Guanay Cormorant Phalacrocorax bougainvillii




Family Pelecanidae [Pelicans]

Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus


Family Ardeidae [Herons]


Stripe-backed Bittern Ixobrychus involucris

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi

Great Egret Ardea alba

Snowy Egret Egretta thula




Family Cathartidae [New World Vultures]

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus



Family Accipitridae [Hawks and Eagles]

White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus

Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus

Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus

Variable Hawk Geranoaetus polyosoma

Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus




Family Rallidae [Rails and Coots]

Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus

Spot-flanked Gallinule Gallinula melanops

Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata

Red-fronted Coot Fulica rufifrons

White-winged Coot Fulica leucoptera




Family Charadriidae [Lapwings and Plovers]

Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis

Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus

Collared Plover Charadrius collaris

Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus


Family Haematopodidae [Oystercatchers]

American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus

Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater


Family Recurvirostridae [Avocets and Stilts]

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus


Family Scolopacidae [Sandpipers]

South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae

Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Surfbird Aphriza virgata

Sanderling Calidris alba

White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii


Family Thinocoridae [Seedsnipes]

Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus


Family Rostratulidae [Painted-Snipe]

South American Painted Snipe Nycticryphes semicollaris


Family Laridae [Gulls and Terns]

Brown-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus maculipennis

Grey Gull Leucophaeus modestus

Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan

Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus

Inca Tern Larosterna inca

Common Tern Sterna hirundo

South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea

Snowy-crowned Tern Sterna trudeaui

Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans


Family Rynchopidae [Skimmers]

Black Skimmer Rynchops niger




Family Columbidae [Pigeons]

Picui Ground Dove Columbina picui

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Chilean Pigeon Patagioenas araucana

Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata




Family Tytonidae [Barn Owls]

Barn Owl Tyto alba


Family Strigidae [Owls]

Austral Pygmy Owl Glaucidium nana

Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus




Family Caprimulgidae [Nightjars]

Band-winged Nightjar Systellura longirostris




Family Trochilidae [Hummingbirds]

Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes

Giant Hummingbird Patagona gigas




Family Picidae [Woodpeckers]

Striped Woodpecker Veniliornis lignarius

Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius




Family Falconidae [Falcons]

Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango

American Kestrel Falco sparverius





Family Rhinocryptidae [Tapaculos]

Dusky Tapaculo Scytalopus fuscus


Family Furnariidae [Ovenbirds]

Common Miner Geositta cunicularia

Wren-like Rushbird Phleocryptes melanops

Patagonian Forest Earthcreeper Upucerthia saturatior

Buff-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus

Gray-flanked Cinclodes Cinclodes oustaleti

Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus

Seaside Cinclodes Cinclodes nigrofumosus

Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides

Dusky-tailed Canastero Pseudasthenes humicola


Family Tyrannidae [Tyrant Flycatchers]

White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps

Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus

Ticking Doradito Pseudocolapteryx citreola

Many-coloured Rush Tyrant Tachuris rubrigastra

Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa

Spectacled Tyrant Hymenops perspicillatus

Dark-faced Ground Tyrant Muscisaxicola maclovianus

Great Shrike-Tyrant Agriornis lividus

Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope

Patagonian Tyrant Colorhamphus parvirostris


Family Cotingidae [Cotingas]

Rufous-tailed Plantcutter Phytotoma rara




Family Hirundinidae [Swallows]

Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

Chilean Swallow Tachycineta meyeni

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica


Family Troglodytidae [Wrens]

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis


Family Turdidae [Thrushes]

Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii


Family Mimidae [Mockingbirds]

Chilean Mockingbird Mimus thenca


Family Motacillidae [Pipits and Wagtails]

Correndera Pipit Anthus correndera


Family Thraupidae [Tanagers]

Gray-hooded Sierra Finch Phrygilus gayi

Common Diuca Finch Diuca diuca

Grassland Yellow Finch Sicalis luteola


Family Emberizidae [Sparrows]

Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis


Family Icteridae [New World Blackbirds]

Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus

Yellow-winged Blackbird Agelasticus thilius

Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis

Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca


Family Fringillidae [Finches]

Black-chinned Siskin Sporagra barbata


Family Passeridae [Old World Sparrows]

House Sparrow Passer domesticus


Degu Octodon degu

Nutria Myocastor coypus

Dusky Dolphin Lagenorhynchus obscurus

Southern Grey Fox Pseudalopex griseus

Marine Otter Lontra felina

Southern Sea Lion Otaria flavescens