Nature Notes

December 15, 2012

Birding Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Filed under: Argentina,Birds — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Green-headed Tanager

Green-headed Tanager

Over 400 species of birds have been found in the area. The area is most famous for the Great Dusky Swift, hundreds of which can be seen flying through the mist of the falls, and which nest on the rocks behind the falls.

The Toucan family has a few representatives to be found here and the large Toco Toucan is commonly seen as well as the Chestnut-eared Aracari, Saffron Toucanet, and Red-breasted Toucan. Woodpeckers seen were the Ochre-collared Piculet, Yellow-fronted Woodpecker, White-spotted Woodpecker, Blond-crested Woodpecker and Campo Flicker. The Flicker was often seen on grassy area at the entrance along with Southern Lapwing, Saffron Finch, and Plush-crested Jay.

There are Hummingbird feeders at a house in a town nearby where we saw Scale-throated and Planalto  Hermit, Black Jacobin, Black-throated Mango, Violet-capped Woodnymph, and Versicolored Emerald.

Walking the trails above the falls yielded some excellent birds including a pair of nest building Surucua Trogon, Rufous-capped Motmot, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, and White-bearded Manakin. Tanagers were well represented including Magpie Tanager, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Hepatic, Sayaca, Fawn-breasted, Black-goggled, and Green-headed Tanager. Scaly-headed Parrot and Squirrel Cuckoo put in an appearance.

Near the falls, a Double-collared Seadeater was seen, but the most interesting sighting was a duck that flew by. Due to the lighting, only a silhouette could be seen, but it gave every appearance of a Merganser. However, the only Merganser on Argentina’s species list is the extremely rare Brazilian Merganser. Historically they are known from the area, so it would not be totally out of the question. Tantalizing but inconclusive.

As expected a good number of the Tyrant Flycatcher are in the area, including Planalto Tyrannulet,Russet-winged Spadebill, Cattle Tyrant, Sirystes, Great Kiskadee, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Three-striped Flycatcher, Variegated Flycatcher, and Black-crowned Tityra. Thrush-like and Olivaceous Woodcreeper were seen. Swallow species included White-winged, White-rumped, Black-collared, and Tawny-headed

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  1. Hi Harold,
    Great pictures of the birds at Iguazu Falls! When were you there?
    I was there about three years ago and was more interested in the waterfalls but the butterflies and birds also impressed me! I also got some pictures of the Southern Lapwing and Plus-crested Jay birds but did not know their names. Thanks for identifying them for me!
    Here is a link to my picture of the Jay (which I will change to its proper name soon):
    I have not posted my other Iguazu bird pictures anywhere but may do a few more in the future.
    Also here is a link to a Hub which I wrote about my Iguazu trip:
    Hope you had a great trip!

    Comment by Joe Hollick — December 15, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

  2. Hi Joe,

    My wife and I visited in 2004. It is one of my favorite places.

    Looks like you got some great pictures. The butterflies were fantastic, I’ve never seen anyplace better.


    Comment by Harold — December 15, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

  3. […] no ornithologist. For more on bird-watching in Iguazu, this post by Harold Stiver I found seems like a good starting […]

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