Birding around Temuco
The Cerro Ñielol National Monument is nestled on the edge of the city and is a perfect place to start our Birding around Temuco. It protects a swath of primary native forest, one of the last of its kind in the central valley of southern Chile. This park is the refuge of many species typical of the Chilean temperate forests. It is particularly good for finding several species of tapaculo; Chucao, Ochre-flanked and Magellanic Tapaculos, and the spectacular Black-throated Huet-huet (also of the Tapaculo family).
The rare and often difficult to see Rufous-tailed Hawk, breeds in the par. We’ll spend some time in an area with a known nest to ensure a sighting. More common species here include Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Des Mur’s Wiretail, White-throated Treerunner, Green-backed Firecrown, and the endemic Slender-billed Parakeet. At dusk we will look for the large and vocal Rufous-legged Owl.
In the grasslands surrounding Temuco, we’ll look for Hellmayr’s and Correndera Pipit, the endemic Chilean Tinamou, Spectacled Tyrant, Grassland Yellow-finch, Saffron Finch, Cinereous Harrier and others.
Birding around Temuco can be extended to visit Conguillio National Park. This park has some of the most amazing scenery in the country. Its the prime location to be immerse in the prehistoric Araucaria forests (Monkey Puzzle Trees), wonderful mountain lakes and a snow-capped volcano.
The birding here is also excellent. It’s a good area to find here the recently-split Patagonian-forest Earthcreeper, the stunning Spectacled Duck, Flying Steamer Duck, Andean Condor, Austral Pygmy-Owl, Magellanic Woodpecker, and most of the typical species found in Nothofagus forests.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
This tour can be booked any day throughout the year.
- Multiple Tapaculo species
- Lovely temperate forest
- Relaxed pace; short easy walks
Ease of Birding
- Most species show easily, with some trickier skulking species
- Transport: SUV for 1-3 people, minivan for 4-6 people
- Pick-up/drop-off at your hotel in Santiago
- English speaking guide with birding equipment
- Snacks (fruit, nuts, cereal bars, water)
- Park entrance fees
- eBird checklists for the day’s stops
Starting time: pick-up at your hotel in Temuco around 6:30 a.m. Note time may vary depending on time of sunrise.
See map insert for an overview of the route and main hotspots visited during the tour.
Ending time: drop-off at your hotel in Santiago around 5:30 p.m.