Paraguay Birding Tours
When thinking about birding South America for the first time, the first places that usually come to mind tend to include iconic destinations such as Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil, with visions of such spectacular species as Harpy Eagle, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Andean Condor, Torrent Duck, Marvelous Spatuletail, Blue-and-yellow Macaw and Toucan Barbet. However, after several trips to the Neotropics you might start to ask the question “where can I get more bird species next?” Perhaps one of the last names to appear on this list of South American birding destinations would be Paraguay, however this is simply due to the lack of birding exposure that this landlocked country receives. If you know where to go in this fantastic and remote country, there are a number of most-wanted specials for which Paraguay can be considered their last bastion and which are very difficult or perhaps impossible to observe in neighboring countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia.
Birding and mammal tours in the Chaco, Atlantic Forest and other habitats of Paraguay:
Paraguayan birding is centered around the Great Chaco which is a vast semi-arid region in southern South America which harbors numerous Chaco endemics which are best searched for in Paraguay. Some of these Chaco specials include Black-legged Seriema, Quebracho Crested Tinamou, Black-bodied Woodpecker, Spot-winged Falconet, and Crested Gallito. Paraguay is probably also the most reliable country to look for Chaco Eagle, Chaco Owl and the Chaco subspecies of Spotted Nothura. The Chaco is an excellent area to see wildlife with an assortment of large and elusive animals still occurring in the vast wilderness areas. With luck, we could find Geoffroy’s Cat, Chacoan Peccary, Chaco Mara, Pampas Fox and even Puma, Jaguar, Jaguarundi, Maned Wolf, Lowland Tapir and Giant Anteater in places such as Teniente Enciso National Park in northern Paraguay.