Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 2, 2010

Bird of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Filed under: South America — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 3:14 am

Copacabana and Isla del Sol, Bolivia.

The Puna Teal is found on the Andean altiplano. Its Chilean name is Pato puna. They have a black cap that extends to below the eyes. Their lower face and neck are creamy white.

Puna Teal
Puna Teal (Anas puna)

Andean Cooot. The Chilean name is Tagua andina. It is found mainly in altitudes from 2100 to 4700 meters from Colombia to North-west Argentina.

Andean Coot
Andean Coot (Fulica ardesiaca)

The Andean Gull (Larus serranus) is found on high altitude lakes. They are very similar to the Brown-hooded Gull, which I thought they were until I read the literature. In flight it shows a distinctive white patch on the primaries. In non-breeding plumage the head is white with a spot behind the eye. The Chilean name is Gaviota andina. (Photo to come)

Speckled Teal
Speckled Teal

Bare-faced Ground-dove (Metriopelia ceciliae). Chilean name: Tórtolita boliviana.

Bare-faced Ground-dove
Bare-faced Ground-dove

I am pretty sure that I have also seen the Black-hooded Sierra-finch (Phrygilus atriceps) in Patagonia, but there is another similar bird, so I could be wrong about that one. doh! Chilean name: Cometocino del norte.

Black-hooded Sierra-finch
Black-hooded Sierra-finch

The next few birds are from Isla del Sol, on Lake Titicaca. I am not sure about this one. I think it could be just a common sparrow but have not had time to check.

id needed
ID needed

There were heaps of pigs on the beach and this one was getting a bit ahead of himself, I reckon.

um, rude photo.
Miss Piggy and suitor

The Andean Lapwing (Vanellus resplendens) is found high in the Andes, generally in puna wetlands and water ways. The Chilean name is Queltehue de la Puna.

Andean Lapwing
Andean Lapwing (Vanellus resplendens)

White-winged Cinclodes (Cinclodes atacamensis). Chilean name: Churrete de alas blancas

White-winged Cinclodes
White-winged Cinclodes(Cinclodes atacamensis)

Thanks to Arthur Grossets website on South American birds for the invaluable help in identifying these birds.


  1. well done!

    Comment by adam — October 2, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

  2. Thanks Adam.

    I am just going through the posts and putting in some featured images for the slideshow at the top of the blog. Let’s experiment.

    steve 🙂

    Comment by admin — January 1, 2011 @ 7:19 am

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