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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We need your help to provide a safe, sustainable environment for these irreplaceable and seriously threatened animals. Your donations - however small - are very welcome indeed, and if you can volunteer useful skills then we'd love to hear from you!

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Pinnated Bittern (Botaurus pinnatus)

Pinnated Bittern

Botaurus pinnatus

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We saw this large and elegant Bittern really close up in the reeds just outside our southern gate at Reserva Don Luis in February 2015.

This completes seeing the trio of bitterns that can be found in Argentina.

This is the largest and measures 55cm.  It has a white chin, varegated streaking on the underparts (neck and breast) and barring on the nape and dorsal part of the neck.  It has a streaked back in shades of black and cinnamon and a pale greenish/white iris.

It is sometimes confused with a juvenile Rufescent Tiger Heron, but the Bittern has a streaked back rather than barred.

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