Chile is known by ornithologists as a “bird paradise” thanks to the wide variety of species that inhabit or regularly visit our country and that reach 475 different types of birds. For this reason, more and more “birdwatching” fanatics travel to Chile to add a species to their birding list or “checklist” and there are even those who risk a one-day express trip in the hope of seeing a specimen that is only found in the country or that is very difficult to see.
The Chilean Flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis) are one of the species that can be observed in the Lauca National Park and in the Surire Salt Flat. The coloring of these "Chilenos" is close to orange, compared to the rather fuchsia tones of the Phoenicoparrus genus. The Chilean Flamingo does not nest in Lake Chungara, but it is almost certain that you will see them on its banks. In the central zone of Chile, there is a great variety of endemic and semi endemic species such as the Chiricoca, the Tapaculo, etc. Also in this region you can observe some unmissable birds, such as the Chilean Swallow (Tachycineta meyeni), the Pitío (Colaptes pitius) and the Loica (Sturnella loyca), among others.
The Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) is a huge bird that is among the largest birds in the world capable of flight. Given its great weight (up to 15 kilograms), even its enormous wingspan (3 meters) needs some help to keep it in the air. For this reason, these birds prefer to live in windy areas, where they can glide over air currents without great effort. Andean condors live in mountainous areas, as their name suggests, but also near the coasts, where sea breezes abound, and even in deserts with strong thermal air currents.
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