The steep mountains and deep valleys of Bolivia form many isolated habitats for wildlife including birds ranging from the tiny Berlepsch's Canastero in a remote valley between 20,000-foot peaks to the Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe
blending into a peat bog at 15,700 feet.
and Andean gulls hug the lake edges and mossy bogs while diminutive hummingbirds like the Andean hillstar and the mountain parakeet are perhaps the most surprising denizens of the region.
As we made our way across the rather desert-like terrain we came across a species we had really wanted, Grey-breasted seedsnipe
,a cross between wader and gamebird.
The open country is home to the American seedsnipes
or perdicitas (Thinocorus), the Chilean tinamou or perdiz (Nothoprocta perdicaria), the tapaculo (Scelorchilus albicollis), the tenca or Chilean mockingbird (Mimus thenca), the ground tyrants or dormilonas (Muscisaxico-la), the nightjars or gallinas ciegas (of the family Caprimulgidae), bandurrillas (Upucerthia), and mineros (Geositta).