CHILEAN FLAMINGO

Scientific Name: Phoenicopterums chilensis
Order
Phoenicoteriformes (flamingos)

Family
Phoenicopteridae (Chilean flamingo)

Habitat & Range
The Chilean flamingo inhabits the temperate areas of South America. They prefer to live around salt lakes, estuaries, mudflats, and lagoons.

Identification
Chilean flamingos are pink in color with yellow eyes and black, pinkish, or cream colored bills. They can be differentiated from similar flamingo species by their grayish legs with pink joints. They can measure from 3.5 to 4.5 feet tall and typically weigh between 3 and 9 pounds.

Diet
The bill on the Chilean flamingo is equipped with a comb-like structure that allows it to filter algae and plankton from the body of water where it lives.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Flamingos live together in large flocks, and they require crowded conditions to stimulate breeding. Males and females will exhibit specific behaviors during the breeding season, such as tandem head swinging and wing flapping. Mates will cooperate to build a pillar-shaped mud nest for the single egg laid by the female. Chicks are born with gray plumage and will not gain their adult coloration for 2 to 3 years.

Scientists approximate the lifespan of flamingos to last from 20 to 30 years in the wild.

Fantastic Fact
Milk Maids (and Men)
Both male and female adults are capable of producing a nutritious milk-like substance from their crop gland in order to feed their young.
 
 
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