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Chilean Flamingo
A Chilean Flamingo At Adelaide Zoo
Information
Range South America

Ecuador

Peru

Chile

Argentina

Brazil

Germany

Netherlands

Utah

California

Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Phoenicopteriformes
Family Phoenicopteridae
Genus Phoenicopterus
Species P. Chilensis
Conservation Status
NTSpecies
Near Threatened

The Chilean Flamingo is from a genus of flamingo.

Appearance

The plumage is pinker than the slightly larger Greater Flamingo, but less so than the Caribbean Flamingo. It can be differentiated from these species by its greyish legs with pink knees and also by the larger amount of black on the bill (more then half). Young chicks may have no sign of pink coloring whatsoever, but instead remain grey.

Behavior

Chilean Flamingos live in warm tropical lagoons. They also inhabit muddy, shallow lakes that can be either alkaline or brackish.

Diet

The Chilean Flamingos bill is equipped with comb-like structures that enable it to filter food, mainly algae and plankton, from the water of the coastal mudflats, estuaries, lagoons and salt lakes where it lives.

Lifespan

Up to 50 years in the wild. Up to 40 in captivity.

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