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James's Flamingo

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Photo © by bievreJJChile,  October, 2012
Photo © by bievreJJ
Chile, October, 2012

Alternative name: Puna Flamingo

Phoenicoparrus jamesi

Phoenicopterus jamesi


[edit] Identification

90–92 cm (35½-36¼ in)

  • Pale pink overall plumage
  • Bright carmine streaks on neck and back
  • Black primaries and secondaries
  • Red skin round the eye; red legs; yellow bill with a black tip.

Juveniles are grey.

[edit] Similar species

Photo ©  by tf1044xPeru
Photo © by tf1044x

Andean Flamingo as adult has a more extensive black tip to the bill, and the shape of the bill also differ.

[edit] Distribution

It breeds on the high Andean plateaux of Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1. It is related to the Chilean Flamingo and the Andean Flamingo.

[edit] Habitat

High salt lakes, mostly above 3500 m.

[edit] Behaviour

Photo ©  by Fritz73Abra Pampa, Jujuy, Argentina, July 2004
Photo © by Fritz73
Abra Pampa, Jujuy, Argentina, July 2004

[edit] Diet

A specialist feeder, their diet consists almost entirely of diatoms.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in large colonies, (often mixing with Andean and Chilean Flamingo), on islands or islets or along shores of salt lakes. The cone-shaped nest is made of mud, without a top. The clutch contains a single egg. The chicks learn to swim quickly.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from
  2. del Hoyo, J., P. F. D. Boesman, and E.F.J. Garcia (2020). James's Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.

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