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Penguins and Chile Endemics, Coastal Range and the Pacific

Birding and nature photography trip to the Coastal Range and the Pacific Coast in search of the endemics and specialties of Chile's Mediterranean region. We will explore the broad-leaf woods, scrubland and cacti-covered slopes, looking for skulking tapaculos and canasteros. Along the shore we will concentrate in finding the endemic coastal seabirds of the Humboldt Current, including Guanay Cormorant, Inca Tern and Humboldt Penguin. This 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 or Valparaiso. Available from September through April.

Moustached Turca (Pteroptochos megapodius), La Campana National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


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Early in the morning, we will leave for La Campana National Park, where we will look for interesting passerines, including some endemic species to Chile, such as the Dusky-tailed Canastero, Moustached Turca and White-throated Tapaculo. We are also likely to encounter the remarkable Giant Hummingbird, Austral Pygmy Owl and Chilean Pigeon. In the afternoon we will continue exploring the coastal areas, visiting a protected breeding colony of Humboldt Penguin; here we hope to see the scarce and range-restricted Southern Sea Otter. To end the day we will stop in a coastal marsh to see a variety of waterfowl including Red Shoveler, Yellow-billed Pintail, Speckled Teal and Chiloe Wigeon, all three lowland coot species, Spot-flanked Gallinule and Plumbeous Rail, which, surprisingly for a rallid, is quite easy to spot as it often walks in the open.



Rates 2016/2017

Day Tour: Available throughout the year.


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


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


Penguins & Chile Endemics
Trip Code SCL02
No. of guests 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Price per person $357 $247 $191 $158 $136 $120 $108


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

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

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera

Red Shoveler Anas platalea

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




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

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Surfbird Aphriza virgata

Sanderling Calidris alba

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii


Family Laridae [Gulls and Terns]

Brown-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus maculipennis

Grey-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus

Grey Gull Leucophaeus modestus

Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan

Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus

Inca Tern Larosterna inca

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]

Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

Rufous-legged Owl Strix rufipes

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 Rhynocriptidae [Tapaculos]

Moustached Turca Pteroptochos megapodius

White-throated Tapaculo Scelorchilus albicollis

Dusky Tapaculo Scytalopus fuscus


Family Furnariidae [Ovenbirds]

Common Miner Geositta cunicularia

White-throated Treerunner Pygarrhichas albogularis

Crag Chilia Ochetorhynchus melanurus

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

Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda

Des Murs’s Wiretail Sylviorthorhynchus desmursii

Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides

Sharp-billed Canastero Asthenes pyrrholeuca

Dusky-tailed Canastero Pseudasthenes humicola


Family Tyrannidae [Tyrant Flycatchers]

White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps

Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus

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

Mourning Sierra Finch Phrygilus fruticeti

Band-tailed Sierra Finch Phrygilus alaudinus

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



Old World Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus

Degu Octodon degu

Nutria Myocastor coypus

Southern Grey Fox Pseudalopex griseus

Marine Otter Lontra felina

Southern Sea Lion Otaria byronia