Endemics and Specialities of Córdoba Central Hills, Central Argentina
A 4-day Birding in Central Argentina: Córdoba Central Hills Tour in the geographic center of the country rises the Cordoba Hills, a granite massif of 2800 m on its highest point. Separated from the Andes by some 320 Km, the region has acted as a true island for speciation and is home to several endemic birds, both at the higher elevations and in the adjacent lowlands and salt flats. Such is the case of the Cordoba Cinclodes, Olrog's Cinclodes, and Salinas Monjita, three of the most sought-after birds in Argentina. Several subspecies -some of them potential splits- occur only here, such as Puna ("Córdoba") Canastero, Rufous-banded Miner, Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant, Long-tailed Meadowlark, to name just a few.
Dense stands of Chaco vegetation support an amazingly rich assortment of birds which includes specialties such as Brushland Tinamou, Spot-winged Falconet, Black-bodied Woodpecker, Chaco Owl, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, and Black-and-chestnut Warbling-Finch. Here too Andean Condors and Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle patrol the skies; and small jewels like the Red-tailed Comet and the Olive-crowned Crescentchest are but a few examples of what can be found.
Alternative Name: Birding Central Argentina: Endemics and specialities of Córdoba Central Hills