From mighty Condors to delicate Hummingbirds, South America is one of the world’s best destinations for birdwatching.
South America is home to thousands of different species of birds, many endemic to the continent, all beautiful and unique in their own way. During your time in South America you can expect to see a vast array of avian life, in a number of locations perfect for birdwatching. Head to the Galapagos Islands to view a huge colony of Brown Pelicans or pay a visit to the Brazilian Amazon in search of the beautiful Hyacinth Macaw. Wherever you go, South America has a treasure trove of birdlife waiting to be discovered.
If you are looking for a holiday built around birdwatching or simply enjoy being surrounded by colourful, feathered friends, then look no further than South America. Ecuador alone has twice as many bird species than the whole of North America, really putting into perspective the sheer volume of birds that can be found all over the continent. With some of the world’s most endangered species seeking shelter in the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, thriving thanks to the isolation of the Galapagos Islands and benefitting from the protection of the Andes, no matter where you are in South America, the twitcher in you will not be disappointed.
Starting in the Galapagos Islands then, travel to North Seymour to watch Blue-footed Boobies nesting or look for the American Oystercatchers on Sombrero Chino. Alternatively, how about setting yourself the challenge of spotting all 13 species of Darwin’s Finches scattered across the archipelago? Meanwhile, in Chile, Torres del Paine National Park provides a chosen habitat for over one hundred types of birds. You can be sure to spot Upland Geese enjoying the wetlands, Chilean Flamingos converging in the lagoons and, when you listen carefully, you may hear the rhythmic knock of a Magellanic Woodpecker. If you find yourself in Peru, make your way to the coast and search out Magnificent Frigatebirds, Humbolt Penguins and Waved Albatross. Meanwhile in the Pantanal region of Brazil you will be greeted by Greater Rheas, brightly coloured Black-hooded Parakeets, Buff-necked Ibis and the iconic Jabiru Stork – growing up to 1.4 metres tall, you can’t miss them!
- Visit the King Penguin colony at Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
- Count the three different species of Flamingo at the Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
- Watch Waved Albatrosses nesting on Espanola Island in the Galapagos, Ecuador
- See Andean Condors soaring as you hike to Mirador Cruz del Condor, Colca Canyon, Peru
- Get off the beaten track and look for flocks of Grey-winged Trumpeters, Wattled Curassow and over 20 species of Parrot at macayacu National Park, Colombia