Burrowing Parakeets: Rio Los Cipreses NRfrom
In a fabulous Andean valley southeast of Santiago, shaped by the Cachapoal River, we find the Río Los Cipreses National Reserve. The park protects native spiny scrubland and a vast area of Sclerophyllous forest; fantastic habitat for many of Chile’s endemics. But the ‘show-stopper’ of this reserve is definitely it’s large colony of Burrowing Parakeets.
The reserve is home to an estimated 3.000 individuals of this Macaw-sized parrot, classified as Endangered in Chile. A sight to see! To see the colorful groups perched in trees or cliffsides, with their dazzling yellow, red, green and blue, is truly a treat. They’ll be a constant company throughout our stay, as they fly in boisterous groups overhead.
Walking through the scrubland we’ll focus on the endemics of central Chile: Moustached Turca, White-throated Tapaculo, Chilean Mockingbird, Chilean Tinamou and Dusky-tailed Canastero. However, many other interesting species are likely to be encountered: Striped Woodpecker, Chilean Flicker, Tufted Tit-Tyrant, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Magellanic Horned Owl, among many more.
Burrowing Parakeets: Rio Cipreses NR can easily be combined with our other tours around Santiago.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Birding
Private trips can be organized any day from September to May.
- Dazzling Burrowing Parakeets
- 6 Chilean endemics
- Relaxed pace. The day will be spend walking the trails of the park.
Ease of Birding
- Many of the forest species are easy to see. Although, some understory species can sometimes be tricky. We will have ample time to tease out the skulkers.
- Pick-up/drop-off at your hotel in Santiago
- Transport: SUV for 1-3 people, minivan for 4-6 people
- English speaking guide with birding equipment
- Snacks (fruit, nuts, cereal bars, water)
- Picnic lunch
- Park entrance fees
- eBird checklists for the day’s stops
BURROWING PARAKEETS: RIO CIPRESES NATIONAL RESERVE
Starting time: pick-up at your hotel in Santiago around 6:30 a.m. Note that starting may vary slightly 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.