Gaviotín Chico

The “Gaviotín Chico”, -scientific name Sterna Lorata- also known as Peruvian Tern or Creaky Tern, is a bird that lives in the desert area of ​​the west coast of South America, including Chile, where it can be found as part of the existing birdlife around the Humboldt Current and between the coasts of Tarapacá and Antofagasta.

This species is easily identified because of its size (it is the smallest of those living in the country) and the colors presented in its beak and legs, has been declared as an endangered species, as its population declined from an estimated 10,000 individuals in 1984 to about 1,000-2,500 in 2009.

In an effort to avoid the extinction of this particular species, the community of Mejillones, together with companies and the local municipality, have joined in in Chile to form the Foundation for Sustainability of the Gaviotín Chico, a successful project that has become a contribution to the sustainable development of the region and a model example of public-private cooperation both nationally and internationally.