Chilean Flamingo

Chilean Flamingo

Chilean Flamingo
Phoenicopterus chilensis


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Phoenicopteriformes
FAMILY
Phoenicopteridae

Range

South America, from Chile to Argentina


Habitat

Tropical and warm climates; inhabit coastal mudflats, estuaries, lagoons, and salt-lakes. Live at elevations of up to 15,000 feet above sea level.


Diet

Includes algae, diatoms, aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans and mollusks

Weight

4.2 - 6.6 lbs.

Size

31 - 57 in.

Wingspan

55 - 65 in.

Gestation

26 - 31 days

Young

Usually 1 egg

IUCN Status

Near Threatened

Facts

  • The Chilean species is smaller and paler than most of its relatives.
  • These very social birds live in flocks that can number in the thousands. The large group is their main defense against predators.
  • A flamingo neck has 19 vertebrae, while humans have only seven.
  • What appears to be the bird's knee is actually its ankleā€”the joint bends backward rather than forward.
  • Flamingo fossil records date back to about 10 million years ago to the Miocene period. They are one of the oldest bird groups alive.
  • Chicks have gray plumage; they don't gain adult coloration for two-three years.

 

Conservation

There has been a reduction in the number of Chilean flamingos due to habitat loss and degradation, harvesting, and human disturbance.

Humans are the main threat to Chilean flamingos due to either direct misuse or elimination of habitats or from indirect damage such as changing land characteristics, like changes in water level.

Near Threatened

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