James's Flamingo (Slimbridge October 2012)
The James's Flamingo is also known as the Puna Flamingo. It populates the altitudes of the Andean plateaus of Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.
The James's Flamingo is closely related to the Andean Flamingo and lives in colonies with both the Andean Flamingo the and Chilean Flamingo.
There is only one James's Flamingo at Slimbridge and it is also the only captive example of its kind in Europe.
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90mm to 92mm (35" to 36")
Appearance - Male
Its plumage is very Pale Pink, with bright Carmine streaks around the neck and on the back. When perched a small amount of Black can be seen in the wings which are the flight feathers. They have Bright Red skin around the eyes, which are yellow in adults. The legs are Brick Red and the bill is Bright Yellow with a Black tip.
Appearance - Female
Both sexes are alike but the male is slightly larger
High mountain Lakes and Lagoons.
Feeds on Diatoms and other microscopic Algae.
December to February
The female lays one egg on a volcano shaped nest made from mud, sticks and other materials in the environment. Both the male and female incubate the egg for 26–31 days before it hatches.
Colour: Chalky White.