Strange Tails

Strange Tails

We're delighted to have a strong population of strange-tailed tyrants at the reserve. So much so that we've adopted these beautiful and endangered birds as the symbol of the Trust

The growing diversity of the animals of Reserva Don Luis is a fresh source of delight every time we return.  We don't play favourites, but it's impossible not to engage more with some of our more conspicuous guests.  One of these is the strange-tailed tyrant.  The male is stoic in his tolerance of one of nature's strangest - and it would seem least practical - adaptations.  He's willing to suffer to be beautiful, and somehow manages to fly with tail feathers that were surely designed for a bird three times his size.

We love his perseverance; his resolution to succeed against challenge, and his ability to prove that anything is possible.  He's appearing in growing numbers on the Reserva Do Luis, and his success has become an allegory for, and a symbol of, our own.

When we started the process of updating and redesigning our website, we wanted to adopt an image that symbolised our aims and our challenges.  This brave little flycatcher, with his indomitable character, was the perfect choice.

The logo is a stylised profile of a male tyrant, silhouetted against the sunrise.  We coloured the sun the blue of the Argentinian flag in honour of this country's beauty, its climate and the breathtaking span of magnificent animals that it nurtures.

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Leo volunteer with bat

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Birds of the Esteros del Ibera

The biodiversity of birds in particular in this area is remarkable, and it is easy to see relatively rare species up close.  In general humans are not perceived as threats by the species here, in particular by the resident birds.

At the last count it was estimated that there are 328 different species of bird that either live here or migrate through, and that is not counting sub-species and morphs.  We have mostly good quality photos of 248  (and increasing) of these birds in our gallery.  Some of the photos of the rarer birds are of a lesser quality but I have included them if the bird is recognisable rather than leave them out.   There are at least 8 endangered bird species in the Esteros del Ibera and I have seen and photographed them all since April 2010.

These include the (VU) Ochre-breasted Pipit which appeared at the reserve after the devastating drought of 2012, and the endangered Black & white Monjita which we saw in the south of the reserve in 2017.

I have done my best to identify the following birds but errors can be made and I would be grateful if you would inform me on the Contact page if you disagree with any of my identifications. 

All of the photos below were taken by Miranda Collett.

You are welcome to use my photographs provided you credit them to the Collett-Trust.

Sickle-winged nightjar; Ant and termite hills are a favourite roost for these small Nightjars.

Eleothreptus anomalus

On this page the birds are in alphabetical order according to their English names. If you go to the taxonomic bird list all the birds that we have photographed in the Ibera marshes appear in their correct taxonomic order.  This will be easier for non-english speakers and the majority of birders should prefer this method.

Please let me know if you find any errors.

 

Azure Gallinule

Azure Gallinule

Porphyrio flavirostris

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Black-throated Mango

Black-throated Mango

Anthracothorax nigricollis

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Bobolink

Bobolink

Dolichonyx oryzivorus

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Brazilian Duck

Brazilian Duck

Amazonetta brasiliensis

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Brown Cacholote

Brown Cacholote

Pseudoseisura lophotes

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Chotoy Spinetail, Chotoy

Chotoy Spinetail, Chotoy

Schoeniophylax phryganophilus

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Crested Becard

Crested Becard

Pachyramphus validus

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Crested Doradito

Crested Doradito

Pseudocolopteryx sclateri

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Eared Dove

Eared Dove

Zenaida auriculata

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Giant Cowbird

Giant Cowbird

Molothrus oryzivorus

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Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee

Pitangus sulphuratus

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Green Kingfisher

Green Kingfisher

Chloroceryle americana

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Hooded Siskin

Hooded Siskin

Carduelis magellanica

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Ibera Seedeater

Ibera Seedeater

Sporophila iberaensis

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Lesser Grass-Finch

Lesser Grass-Finch

Emberizoides ypiranganus

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Little Woodpecker

Little Woodpecker

Veniliornis passerinus

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Narrow-billed Woodcreeper

Narrow-billed Woodcreeper

Lepidocolaptes angustirostris

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Neotropic Cormorant

Neotropic Cormorant

Phalacrocorax brasilianus

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Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant

Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant

Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer

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Plumbeous Ibis

Plumbeous Ibis

Harpiprion caerulescens

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Purplish Jay

Purplish Jay

Cyanocorax cyanomelas

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Red-crested Finch

Red-crested Finch

Coryphospingus cucullatus

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Ringed Teal

Ringed Teal

Callonetta leucophrys

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Rufous-sided Crake

Rufous-sided Crake

Laterallus melanophaius

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Savanna Hawk

Savanna Hawk

Heterospizias meridionalis

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Shiny Cowbird

Shiny Cowbird

Molothrus bonariensis

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Snail Kite

Snail Kite

Rostrhamus sociabilis

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Spectacled Tyrant

Spectacled Tyrant

Hymenops perspicillatus

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Spotted Rail

Spotted Rail

Pardirallus maculatus

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Tropical Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird

Tyrannus melancholicus

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Variable Antshrike

Variable Antshrike

Thamnophilus caerulescens

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White-rimmed Warbler

White-rimmed Warbler

Basileuterus leucoblepharus

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White-winged Becard

White-winged Becard

Pachyramphus polychopterus

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