El Peral Lagoon Sanctuary

Birds in the El Peral Lagoon Sanctuary.

Birds in the El Peral Lagoon Sanctuary.

The  El Peral Lagoon Sanctuary is located near El Tabo, between Las Cruces and Playas blancas, in the central coast of Chile.

This natural sanctuary has more than 96 species of birds, from which 55 of them are aquatic. From these latter, 25 are considered permanent of this place. The most common species and that make their nests every year are: black-necked swan (cisne de cuello negro), black-crowned night-heron (huairavo), great egret (garza grande), cattle egret (garza boyera), brown-hooded gull (gaviota cáhuil), and three species of coot (tagua), rail (pidén) and grebe. Besides, other resident species can be appreciated, such as brown pintail (pato jergón grande) and red shoveler (pato cuchara), and some occasional ones, such as the white-faced ibis (cuervo de pantano), white-cheeked pintail (pato gargantillo) and snipe (becacina). Among the birds that inhabit in the scrub environment there are the many-colored rush-tyrant (siete-colores), the wren-like rush-bird (trabajador) and the yellow winged blackbird (trile). Finally, in regards to terrestrial birds in the El Peral Lagoon Sanctuary, it’s possible to observe the rufous tailed plantcutter (rara), rufous backed negrito (colegial) and shiny cowbird (mirlo), among others; additionally, some representatives of the group of the marine birds may arrive, such as kelp gull (gaviota dominicana) and the Franklin’s gull (gaviota de Franklin), being the latter specie a migrant from the North Hemisphere, that comes to rest here, with populations of more than 2,000 individuals.

The admission is free, from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm; it closes on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.