Chilean Flamingo (Slimbridge July 2014)
The Chilean Flamingo is closely related to the American Flamingo and the Greater Flamingo.
Generally the Chilean Flamingo lives in colonies and often mixes with the Andean Flamingo and James's Flamingos.
The Flamingos distinctive Pink colour is a product of their diet which contains carotenoids found mainly in brine shrimp and Blue Green algae.
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1100mm to 1300mm (43" to 51")
Appearance - Male
The males plumage is Pink with Black flight feathers covered by Red wing coverts. They have a Pink and Black bill, Light Yellow eyes, Grey legs with Pink joints and Pink feet.
Appearance - Female
Same as the male but slightly smaller.
Coastal Mudflats, Estuaries, Lagoons, and Salt Lakes.
Filters Algae and Plankton from the water and mud, Plant Seeds and small Fish.
April to May.
The Chilean Flamingo lays a single egg on a mud mound.
Colour: Chalky White.