Fauna Australis

20 years serving biodiversity
2001 – 2021

Temperate rainforest wildlife

The Fauna Australis Lab has spent over 15 years working in the Andean Araucanía.

Our project began with the Darwin Initiative to establish a biodiversity conservation center. Thanks to the long-term project, Fauna Australis Laboratory researchers have been trained and continue their work in the forests of the Araucanía.

As products of long-term projects, games for kids, videos, books, and undergraduate, masters, and doctorate theses have been been developed. Additionally, foreign exchange students are hosted and a field course for the Masters in Natural Resources program is conducted every year.

Download book about birds of the temperate forest

Video about studies on temperate forest wildlife: Dr Nicolás Gálvez, Villarrica UC.

Project Par Explora: Fauna and camera traps

Recent publications

  • Altamirano, T.A., Honorato, M.T., Tomas Ibarra, J.T., De La Maza, M., De Zwaan, D.R., Bonacic, C. Martin, K. 2019. Elevation has contrasting effects on avian and mammalian nest traits in the Andean temperate mountains. Austral Ecology, 44: 691–701.
  • Altamirano, T., Ibarra, J.T., Novoa, F., Vermehren, A., Martin, K., Bonacic, C. 2017. Roosting records in tree cavities by a forest-dwelling bat species (Histiotus magellanicus) in Andean temperate ecosystems of southern Chile. Bosque, 38 (2):421-425.Disponiblehttps://scielo.conicyt.cl/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0717-92002017000200020&lng=es&nrm=i&tlng=en
  • Ibarra J., Galvez N., Altamirano T., Caviedes J., Rojas I., Bonacic C., Martin K. 2017. Seasonal dynamics of avian guilds inside and outside core protected areas in an Andean Biosphere Reserve of southern Chile. Bird Study. 3(64):410-420.
  • Altamirano T., Ibarra J., Martin K., Bonacic C. 2017. The conservation value of tree decay processes as a key driver structuring tree cavity nest webs in South American temperate rainforests. Biodiversity and Conservation. 10(26):2453-2472.
  • Schüttler, E., Klenke, R., Galuppo, S., Castro, R.A., Bonacic, R., Laker, J. Henle, K. 2017. Habitat use and sensitivity to fragmentation in America’s smallest wildcat. Mammalian Biology – Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde 86:1–8.Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mambio.2016.11.013
  • Honorato, M.T., Altamirano, T., Ibarra, T., De la Maza, M., Bonacic, C., Martin, K. 2016. Composition and preferences regarding nest materials by cavity-nesting vertebrates in the Andean temperate forest of Chile. Bosque (Valdivia), 37(3), 485-492.Diponiblehttp://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?pid=S0717-92002016000300005&script=sci_arttext
  • Petitpas, R., Ibarra, J., Miranda, M., Bonacic, C. 2016. Spatial patterns over a 24-year period show an increase in native vegetation cover and decreased fragmentation in Andean temperate landscapes, Chile. Ciencia e Investigación Agraria, 43(3):384-395.Disponiblehttp://rcia.uc.cl/index.php/rcia/article/view/1728
  • Altamirano, T., Ibarra, J.T., De la Maza, M., Navarrete, S., Bonacic, C. 2015. Reproductive life-history variation in a secondary cavity-nester across an elevational gradient in Andean temperate ecosystems. The Auk, 132(4):826–835, https://doi.org/10.1642/AUK-15-28.1.
  • Hernandez, F., Galvez, N., Gimona, A., Laker, J., Bonacic, C. 2015. Activity patterns by two colour morphs of the vulnerable guina, Leopardus guigna (Molina 1782), in temperate forests of southern Chile. Gayana 79(1):102-105.Disponiblehttp://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0717-65382015000100010&lng=es&nrm=iso
  • Ibarra J.T., Martin, K., Altamirano, T.A., Vargas, F. H., Bonacic, C. 2014. Factors Associated with the Detectability of Owls in South American Temperate Forests: Implications for Nocturnal Raptor Monitoring. Journal of Wildlife Management 78(6):1078-1086.
  • Ibarra, J.T., Altamirano, T.A., Martin, K., Vargas, F. H., Bonacic, C. 2014. Tree-cavity nesting of Austral pygmy-owls (Glaucidium nana) in andean temperate forests of southern Chile. Journal of Raptor Research 48(1):82-85.