One Word Challenge: Birds in Argentina

I wrote this for my six-year-old niece when I got back from Argentina…

This is all about the birds we saw on our trip to Argentina.

The first place we went to was the condor ‘flight school’. These are high cliffs where the condors teach the baby condors how to fly.
08Arg_condorGrasslands on the walk in the National Park that leads to the cliff walls We had to walk a long way to see the condors. This is kilometer 10 and so far all we had seen were pictures of condors.
Condor Park Signage; this is kilometre 10... But then there they were, just below us, but tiny. Can you see them?
The cliffs of the Quebrada del Condorito (Canyon of Condors), where Argentinean condors have a 'flight school'.A condor is a type of vulture and this is another type of vulture – unlike the condors he liked to pose for the camera. But he wasn’t as big or as beautiful as the condors.
A vulture posing at the canyon of condors in ArgentinaYour uncle Al like to pose too! The condors are even bigger than Al, with a three meter wing span to Al’s mere 2 meters.Al posing at the canyon of condors in Argentina There were other animals in the condor park like pumas, a type of cougar or mountain lion, and yararas, a type of scary snake, but we never saw them. Too bad!
Grasslands on the walk in the National Park that leads to the cliff walls where the condors are (and other animals as well!)At the very end, when we were waiting for the bus, we saw a condor flying over the highway. Everyone was screeching to a stop and jumping out of their cars to take pictures.
A canyon view with a condor at the Quebrada del Condorito National Park in Argentina Here is a description of the Cóndor Andino in the zoo in Buenos Aires. It describes the condor as the ‘Spirit of the Andes’ (Espíritu de los Andes) and says that it is in danger of extinction.A sign describing the condors andinos at the zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina This is what they look like close up – they have white ‘bufandas’ – bufanda means scarf in Spanish.
a cutout image of a condor at the zoo in Buenos Aires A condor stretching its wings at the zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina This is in the jungle in the northeast of Argentina, near the Iguazu waterfalls. The Guarani indigenas live here.
Guarani indigenous girls pounding out a rythmn with sticks up at Iguazu Falls in Argentina The Guaranies make wood carvings of the animals they see in the jungle around them .
A carved wood toucan souvenir made by the Guarani indians, the indigenous people of the northeast of Argentina near Iguazu FallsThis toucan in Iguazu thinks he’s a handsome fellow – un tucán guapo.
Toucan guapo at Iguazu, Argentina Here he is pretending to sword fight with another toucan.
Toucanes at Iguazu, Argentina There are lots of colorful parrots in the jungles too. This one is called a macaw and he is very noisy, screeching all the time.
A red (and loud) macaw up in Iguazu FallsAnd finally, here is this other noisy bird. He used to be a guard bird for a big ranch. Whenever anyone entered the property he let out such a loud screech that you could hear him from a long ways away.
An interesting guard bird at the zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina Currently he is unemployed, which is a good thing according to anyone who has heard him screech!

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