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Also, other species are sighted daily at The Blanquillo Macaw Clay Lick such as:

Toucans, Egrets, Jacamars; Avian Predators like Eagles (including Harpy Eagle), Vultures (including King Vulture).

Jaguar, Ocelots, Deers, Monkeys, and Capybaras.

Unfortunately we don’t keep track of them due to their erratic appearances.


Successful Red-and-Green Macaw sightings at the Blanquillo Claylick 2011-2016


January of all years, and February from 2013, 2014, and 2015 are not shown due to lack of data.

January of all years, and February from 2013, 2014, and 2015 are not shown due to lack of data.


Usually the months of January and February are low season for pax who through their comments* in the “Comment “ book placed in the blind or hide give the daily info that feeds our statistics. The monitoring is suspended because the database is usually too small. However we guarantee that sighting success during these months is similar if related to December of the year before (check numbers for 2016), as these birds have a very predictable behavior.

The act of eating clay performed by these animals is mainly to neutralize their pH, which has been acidified as a consequence of eating green fruits, and also to absorb various complimentary nutrients in this wonderful clay lick which are not found in the area where they get their daily diet.

The number of sightings in Tambo Blanquillo has increased month by month compared on a yearly basis due to the increased vigilance and monitoring, which provides the claylick with enough protection from disturbing factors as illegal loggers and miners or other human activities, that are not just bird watching within our parameters of conservation.

Also this chart doesn’t take into consideration similar bird species like parakeets and parrots that attend this site on a daily basis, usually as a prelude to the main show performed by the Macaws. This place is also an excellent spot for mammals that need clay on their diets like capybaras, deers, and monkeys; as well as predators that hunt animals and birds like Jaguars and Ocelots, as you can see in the following videos and photographs:


Jaguar on the Blanquillo Claylick - Photo: Luis Felipe Raffo

Jaguar on the Blanquillo Claylick – Photo: Luis Felipe Raffo


Red Deer at the Claylick – Photo: Luis Felipe Raffo


In this first video you can see a whole family of Capybaras -the largest rodent in the world- feeding from our Blanquillo Claylick.


In this second video you can see an Ocelot which has successfully hunted a Red-and-Green Macaw at our Blanquillo Claylick, proving how much a biodiversity hotspot this place is. Caution, graphic content.



*In the comment book we consider a successful sighting the spotting of any type of macaws, even if they are only perched on the trees and don’t bother to go down in the wall to eat clay. This could be caused by several reasons, mostly predator birds like vultures and eagles ( specially Harpy Eagle). When this happens it can take hours until the macaws finally come down. Which they do even late in the afternoon, but there is seldom any people left in the blind to record this ( remember that passengers areasked to be at the blind at 6:00am).



Also, other species are sighted daily at Blanco and Camungo Oxbow Lakes such as:

Herons, Horned Screamers, Jacamars, King fishers, etc.

Turtles, Caimans, anacondas, etc.

Unfortunately we don’t keep track of them due to their erratic appearances.

*This is a monitoring made with the cooperation and supervision of the FZS (Frankfurt Zoological Society).


Successful sightings of Giant River Otters in Camungo Oxbow Lake 2011-2016
Successful sightings of Giant River Otters in Blanco Oxbow Lake 2011-2016

Two of our oxbow lakes have been for years a gathering site of Giant River Otters and as a consequence a reliable place to spot these elusive mammals. The success of sightings within its limitations, as we explain below,has made two of the three oxbow lakes in Tambo Blanquillo Private Reserve eligible for yearly monitoring by the FZS ( Frankfurt Zoological Society) since year 2000 to verify if the same family is still the principal stake holder in the area or has competition or has moved to another site in search of better conditions.

Sightings in the oxbow lakes of Giant River Otters is not predictable since  it depends on two variables: the abundance or scarcity of fish and the size of the family or clan. For example, when a family of otters grows and has many members, the number of fish in the oxbow lake is depleted by excessive consumption of these mammals, so the family has to divide itself or migrate to other oxbow lakes or small streams within the area in order to get food. There is certainty that at least some of the members of the original family will return at least once in their life span to their former oxbow lake.

This chart doesn’t take into consideration other birds, reptiles and mammals that are abundant in pristine and well kept oxbow lakes like the ones within the premises of Tambo Blanquillo – Private Reserve.