Humid Chaco tour

Strange-tailed Tyrant birding tour

Eco-region and Ecosystems

  • Humid Chaco: gallery forests, palm savanna, shrublands and wetlands.
Ecosystems of Chaco

Palm savanna at La Rafaela


A full day tour to enjoy an incredible number of birds, in one of the hotspots declared as “Important Bird Areas” of the country. La Rafaela farm and Estancia La Playada are the main spots during this tour, with target birds that includes endangered species such as Strange-tailed Tyrant and Sharp-tailed Tyrant.

Some of the interesting birds that are usual seen during the tour are: Greater Rhea, Chaco Chachalaca, Plumbeous and Buff-necked Ibis, Great Horned Owl, Blue-crowned Trogon, Toco Toucan, 10 species of woodpeckers, including Golden-green, Crimson-crested and Cream-backed Woodpecker. It is also present and most usually heard, Red-legged Seriema and Laughing Falcon. Parrots and parakeets are also common, Nanday, Maroon-bellied and Blue-crowned Parakeet usually seen in flocks.

Birding tour at La Playada

Blue-crowned Trogon at La Playada

Woodcreepers are also some of the most attractive birds during this tour, including the Great-Rufous and Planalto Woodcreeper, and also the impressive Red-billed Scythebill.

Passerines includes four species of seedeaters, Tawny-bellied and Rusty-collared between the most attractive ones; Black-capped Warbling Finch, Masked Gnatcatcher, White-lined Tanager, Saffron-billed Sparrow are some of the atractive birds of the forest; but wetlands, also give good impressions, with the presence of Scarlet-headed Blackbird and Yellow-rumped Marshbird.

Tour fee per person with JUNIOR GUIDE:

Tour fee per person with SENIOR GUIDE:

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What is included in the tour fees?

  • A breakfast served in the field; lunch during a full day tour
  • drinking water and one soft drink;
  • ground transportation;
  • all costs of local guides;
  • entrance fees for reserves that are part of the itinerary;


What is not included in the tour fees?

  • travel and medical insurance;
  • visa, passport and vaccination costs;
  • beverages over those stated as included;
  • gratuities to guides;

Check bird lists of our most recent tours:

La Rafaela: 26th July 2017,  10th November 2017

La Playada: 26th July 2017

Birdlist of this tour (updated 01/30/2018)

Greater Rhea (Rhea americana)
Tataupa Tinamou (Crypturellus tataupa)
Red-winged Tinamou (Rhynchotus rufescens)
Spotted Nothura (Nothura maculosa)
Southern Screamer (Chauna torquata)
White-faced Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna viduata)
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta brasiliensis)
Chaco Chachalaca (Ortalis canicollis)
Maguari Stork (Ciconia maguari)
Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria)
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)
Rufescent Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma lineatum)
Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Whistling Heron (Syrigma sibilatrix)
Bare-faced Ibis (Phimosus infuscatus)
Plumbeous Ibis (Theristicus caerulescens)
Buff-necked Ibis (Theristicus caudatus)
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus)
Black-collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis)
Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis)
Long-winged Harrier (Circus buffoni)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Savanna Hawk (Buteogallus meridionalis)
Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga)
Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris)
Rufous-sided Crake (Laterallus melanophaius)
Giant Wood-Rail (Aramides ypecaha)
Ash-throated Crake (Mustelirallus albicollis)
Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)
Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)
Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana)
Picazuro Pigeon (Patagioenas picazuro)
Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti)
Picui Ground-Dove (Columbina picui)
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi)
Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata)
Guira Cuckoo (Guira guira)
Greater Ani (Crotophaga major)
Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)
Striped Cuckoo (Tapera naevia)
Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana)
Dark-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus melacoryphus)
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
White-tailed Goldenthroat (Polytmus guainumbi)
Glittering-bellied Emerald (Chlorostilbon lucidus)
Gilded Hummingbird (Hylocharis chrysura)
Blue-crowned Trogon (Trogon curucui)
Surucua Trogon (Trogon surrucura)
Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata)
Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco)
White-barred Piculet (Picumnus cirratus)
White Woodpecker (Melanerpes candidus)
White-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes cactorum)
Little Woodpecker (Veniliornis passerinus)
Golden-green Woodpecker (Piculus chrysochloros)
Green-barred Woodpecker (Colaptes melanochloros)
Campo Flicker (Colaptes campestris)
Pale-crested Woodpecker (Celeus lugubris)
Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos)
Cream-backed Woodpecker (Campephilus leucopogon)
Red-legged Seriema (Cariama cristata)
Southern Caracara (Caracara plancus)
Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)
Chimango Caracara (Milvago chimango)
Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans)
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis)
Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet (Brotogeris chiriri)
Scaly-headed Parrot (Pionus maximiliani)
Turquoise-fronted Parrot (Amazona aestiva)
Blue-winged Parrotlet (Forpus xanthopterygius)
Maroon-bellied Parakeet (Pyrrhura frontalis)
Nanday Parakeet (Aratinga nenday)
Blue-crowned Parakeet (Thectocercus acuticaudatus)
White-eyed Parakeet (Psittacara leucophthalmus)
Great Antshrike (Taraba major)
Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus)
Variable Antshrike (Thamnophilus caerulescens)
Olivaceous Woodcreeper (Sittasomus griseicapillus)
Planalto Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes platyrostris)
Great Rufous Woodcreeper (Xiphocolaptes major)
Red-billed Scythebill (Campylorhamphus trochilirostris)
Narrow-billed Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes angustirostris)
Rufous Hornero (Furnarius rufus)
Greater Thornbird (Phacellodomus ruber)
Firewood-gatherer (Anumbius annumbi)
Lark-like Brushrunner (Coryphistera alaudina)
Yellow-chinned Spinetail (Certhiaxis cinnamomeus)
Chotoy Spinetail (Schoeniophylax phryganophilus)
Sooty-fronted Spinetail (Synallaxis frontalis)
Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma obsoletum)
Suiriri Flycatcher (Suiriri suiriri)
Greenish Elaenia (Myiopagis viridicata)
Large Elaenia (Elaenia spectabilis)
Plain Tyrannulet (Inezia inornata)
Sharp-tailed Tyrant (Culicivora caudacuta)
Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant (Euscarthmus meloryphus)
Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant (Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer)
Yellow-olive Flycatcher (Tolmomyias sulphurescens)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)
Spectacled Tyrant (Hymenops perspicillatus)
Yellow-browed Tyrant (Satrapa icterophrys)
Gray Monjita (Xolmis cinereus)
White Monjita (Xolmis irupero)
Strange-tailed Tyrant (Alectrurus risora)
Cattle Tyrant (Machetornis rixosa)
Rufous Casiornis (Casiornis rufus)
Swainson’s Flycatcher (Myiarchus swainsoni)
Brown-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus tyrannulus)
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)
Boat-billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua)
Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus)
Crowned Slaty Flycatcher (Empidonomus aurantioatrocristatus)
Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)
Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana)
Green-backed Becard (Pachyramphus viridis)
White-winged Becard (Pachyramphus polychopterus)
Crested Becard (Pachyramphus validus)
Rufous-browed Peppershrike (Cyclarhis gujanensis)
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
Purplish Jay (Cyanocorax cyanomelas)
Plush-crested Jay (Cyanocorax chrysops)
Brown-chested Martin (Progne tapera)
White-rumped Swallow (Tachycineta leucorrhoa)
Chilean Swallow (Tachycineta leucopyga)
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
Thrush-like Wren (Campylorhynchus turdinus)
Masked Gnatcatcher (Polioptila dumicola)
Pale-breasted Thrush (Turdus leucomelas)
Rufous-bellied Thrush (Turdus rufiventris)
Creamy-bellied Thrush (Turdus amaurochalinus)
Chalk-browed Mockingbird (Mimus saturninus)
Yellowish Pipit (Anthus lutescens)
Masked Yellowthroat (Geothlypis aequinoctialis)
Tropical Parula (Setophaga pitiayumi)
Red-crested Cardinal (Paroaria coronata)
Yellow-billed Cardinal (Paroaria capitata)
Orange-headed Tanager (Thlypopsis sordida)
Black-capped Warbling-Finch (Microspingus melanoleucus)
White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus)
Sayaca Tanager (Thraupis sayaca)
Chestnut-vented Conebill (Conirostrum speciosum)
Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola)
Grassland Yellow-Finch (Sicalis luteola)
Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch (Emberizoides herbicola)
Great Pampa-Finch (Embernagra platensis)
White-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila leucoptera)
Tawny-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila hypoxantha)
Double-collared Seedeater (Sporophila caerulescens)
Rusty-collared Seedeater (Sporophila collaris)
Red-crested Finch (Coryphospingus cucullatus)
Grayish Saltator (Saltator coerulescens)
Grassland Sparrow (Ammodramus humeralis)
Saffron-billed Sparrow (Arremon flavirostris)
Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)
White-browed Meadowlark (Sturnella superciliaris)
Solitary Black Cacique (Cacicus solitarius)
Golden-winged Cacique (Cacicus chrysopterus)
Variable Oriole (Icterus pyrrhopterus)
Screaming Cowbird (Molothrus rufoaxillaris)
Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis)
Scarlet-headed Blackbird (Amblyramphus holosericeus)
Chopi Blackbird (Gnorimopsar chopi)
Grayish Baywing (Agelaioides badius)
Unicolored Blackbird (Agelasticus cyanopus)
Chestnut-capped Blackbird (Chrysomus ruficapillus)
Yellow-rumped Marshbird (Pseudoleistes guirahuro)
Purple-throated Euphonia (Euphonia chlorotica)
Hooded Siskin (Spinus magellanicus)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)