Birding Information

Birdlife International Bird Links to the World
Their site provides a map and covers number of bird species and endemics plus a checklist, general country information, general web pages, bird pictures, and birding and individual trip reports.

Where Do You Want to Go Birding Today
Tina MacDonald's excellent site contains links to Chile birding hotspots, trip reports, checklist and maps, information on endemic and endangered birds, links to rare bird information local events and festivals, and information on tours/guides and accommodations.

Weather and When to Go

Tours & Guides

Alto Andino Nature Tours
A Chilean company with English-speaking guides offers full tours for birding or natural history as well as private guide services. Their tours focus on the altiplano parks, the lowland desert, and coastal areas in northern Chile.

Causana Viajes
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An Argentinean company that specializes in natural history, birdwatching, flora, nature photography both in Argentina and Chile. They have a seven day trip in Patagonia searching for endemic and spectacular species with a knowledgeable english-speaking guide as well as trips to northern Chile, Torres del Paine, and Machu Picchu.

Fantastico Sur Birding and Nature
Fantastico Sur Birding and Nature, based in Punta Arenas, the most southerly city in Chile, specialises in birdwatching and natural history tours thoughout the country.

Field Guides
Field Guides has been operating high-quality birding tours since 1985 from its headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Free Living
A list of British birding tour companies and the time of year of their Chile bird tours.

Kolibri Expeditons
Kolibri Expeditons based in Lima, Peru has low budget birding trips to all corners of South America. All trips are off the beaten track to search for endemics and specialties of the particular area. There is usually a bias on quality of unique birds rather than overall numbers. The trips are hard-core. You need to be fairly fit as there may be walks for some exclusive endemics involved. You need also be prepared for less comfortable lodging in rural areas and in some cases camping. However, most of the time in these areas instead of putting up tents, they will use roadside restaurants which let us put our mattresses on the floor.

Manu Expeditions
Manu Expeditions and its sister company Expediciones Manu are the longest established operators in the Manu Biosphere Reserve and have been outfitting rainforest and mountain expeditions and tours since 1983. The company is owned and run by husband and wife team Barry Walker (who doubles as British Consul in Cusco) and Rosario Velarde (20 years experience in managing adventure tour companies) and the center of operations is in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Their leaders are fluent in at least English and Spanish. Bird-watching trips are led by very experienced neo-tropical ornithologists.

A birdwatching and natural history tour company based in North Carolina offers birdwatching trips to Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru.

Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT)
Founded in 1974, it is now the largest company in the world specializing in birding tours.

All WINGS leaders have varied interests in natural history and other more or less closely related fields, but the timing and itinerary of our trips are dictated almost entirely by ornithological considerations.


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