The avifauna of Laguna Llancanelo (Mendoza, Argentina), a South American wetland of international importance

Martinez, Mariano and Darrieu, Carlos and Soave, Guillermo (1997) The avifauna of Laguna Llancanelo (Mendoza, Argentina), a South American wetland of international importance. Freshwater Forum, 9, pp. 33-45.

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Abstract

Laguna Llancanelo is a large (40,000 ha), very shallow (less than 3 m deep), inland saline waterbody, located in southern Mendoza, Argentina. A survey of the avifauna was undertaken during 1983 to 1985; field trips were made mostly to the northeastern and central-western sectors of the lagoon, in the months of April, May, September, October and December. Complementary studies were made by an aerial survey and assessments of terrestrial birds in the surroundings of the lagoon. A total of 64 species in 22 families of birds usually associated with aquatic environments were recorded. The best-represented families of aquatic birds in terms of numbers of species were: Anatidae (13 swans, geese, ducks), Scolopacidae (7 sandpipers and other small waders), Ardeidae (6 herons, bitterns, egrets, Podicipedidae (4 grebes), Rallidae (4 rails, coots) and Charadriidae (4 plovers, lapwings). The most abundant nesting birds on the lagoon were: Black-necked swan Cygnus melancoryphus (824), silvery grebe Podiceps occipitalis (202) and black-crowned night heron Nycticorax nycticorax (100).

Item Type: Article
Title: The avifauna of Laguna Llancanelo (Mendoza, Argentina), a South American wetland of international importance
Personal Creator/Author:
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Martinez, Mariano
Darrieu, Carlos
Soave, Guillermo
Refereed: No
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 9
Page Range: pp. 33-45
Date: 1997
ISSN: 0961-4664
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aquatic birds; Salt lakes; Schoenoplectus; Typha; Argentina; Laguna Llancanelo
Subjects: Ecology
Limnology
Item ID: 4583
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 12:23
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:14
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/4583

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