The aviary world in Paraguay
The web page on ornithology, bird protection and informative tours in South
The city of Asunción, Paraguay’s capital, is situated on the
oriental margin of the Paraguay River at a bend where it joins the Pilcomayo
River. It is a small city (117 square kilometres) where its environment is
represented as being the transition zone between the characteristically humid
forests of the oriental region and that of the palm groves and brushwood to be
found in the occidental region. The rich diversity in such an environment, its
location on the Paraguay River’s migratory route and the tradition of
maintaining open spaces, has made it possible till present times to register no
less than 319 bird species amongst those typically found in humid forests, Chaco
brushwood, palm groves and damp ground.
There are 22 species at world level in danger of extinction,... Other species are fighting to survive in Paraguay
22 species are menaced at global level and many possess
conservation problems at national level. The city of Asuncion presents ideal
places from which to observe birds. One of them can be found in the Bay of
Asuncion where a great beach appears in the river’s seasonal low water level.
This bay is important for the migratory birds that arrive from both the North
and South of the continent. Other important areas can be found in the Asuncion
Botanical Gardens and Zoo as well as a fragment of humid forest bordering the
Paraguay River; the Ñu Guazú pastoral park just outside the city limits and the
tree covered streets and gardens spread throughout city.
we present 54 of the more typical and common
species to be found in Asuncion and its surroundings, grouped in accordance to
the type of environment they regularly visit.