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Chilean Flamingo - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
South east of Lima, Peru, September 2009
Phoenicopterus chilensis

Identification

Immature
Photo by njlarsen
Lauca National Park, Chile, November 2009

110-130cm (43¼-51¼ in)

  • Pale pink plumage
  • Darker pink in wings
  • Black wings primaries and secondaries
  • Grey legs with pink "knees"
  • Grey bill with black tip which extends beyond the bend

Immature: grey with brown and pink

Distribution

Andes of southern South America; pampas of southern Brazil to southern Argentina.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Shallow salt marshes and brackish coastal lagoons.

Behaviour

Breeding

A single chalky white egg is laid on a mud mound and incubated by both parents for 30 days.

Diet

The diet includes small crustacean, aquatic invertebrates, seeds and algae.

References

Photo by Rodrigo Reyes
El Yali National Reserve, central Chile, June 2007
  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)
  3. Whozoo

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