Andean Flamingo (Slimbridge May 2014)
The Andean Flamingo is closely related to the James's Flamingo and is one of the rarest Flamingos in the World.
Andean Flamingos are filter feeders, they have a narrower upper jaw than the lower jaw creating a ‘gape’ at the side allowing them to filter feed by inverting their bills in the water or mud which causes water to flow out of the mouth and leaving the food in the bill.
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1020mm to 1100mm (40" to 43")
Appearance - Male
The male has a Pink body with lighter upperparts, a deep Pink lower neck, breast and wing-coverts. It has Yellow legs and feet and a pale Yellow and Black bill.
Appearance - Female
The female is the same as the male but slightly smaller.
Native to the Wetlands of the Andes mountain range from Southern Peru to northwestern Argentina and Northern Chile.
Fish, Invertebrates, Vascular Plants and Algae.
December to February.
The Andean Flamingo lays a single egg on a mud mound.
Colour: Chalky White.