Chilean Flamingo Facts

  • Name:
    Flamenco Chileno, Flamenco Austral / Chilean flamingo
  • Scientific Name:
    Phoenicopterus chilensis
  • Family:
    Phoenicopteridae
  • Description:
    Bird of long, slender legs. It has a beak with an abrupt downward bend. Neck, breasts, wings and skin are light pink. The male is larger than the female and youth are grey.
  • Size:
    measures between 95 and 105 cm. (41,3 -45,7 in)
 
Chilean flamingo

Reproduction:

Nest mainly in the Tarapaca region, but also in Northern Patagonia (Argentina).

Distribution:

Found in the regions of Tarapaca, Aysen and Magallanes.

Residence:

groups of flamingos that are not in reproductive activity can be seen all year round.

Features:

No apparent sexual dimorphism.

Food:

Through its beak it filters microscopic animals and plants in the water. The minute crustaceans that it swallows give the necessary pigments to maintain their striking color.

Habitat:

shallow saline lakes, occasionally the sea, waters with plenty of organic material, these are generally brackish water, but sometimes they live in freshwater.

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