Chilean Flamingo

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Common Name: Chilean Flamingo Scientific Name: Phoenicopterus chilensis

Size: 43 ½ - 51 inches (110-130 cm)

Habitat: South America; Found in temperate areas of southern South America (Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and erratically in Paraguay with a few wintering in Uruguay and south-east Brazil, and vagrants in Ecuador and the Falkland Islands (Malvinas)). It occurs on coastal mudflats, estuaries, lagoons and salt-lakes at elevations up to 4,500 m.

Status: Near threatened. Global population: 200,000 and decreasing. It has probably been subject to intensive egg-harvesting since the arrival of humans in South America and, in recent years, egg-collectors have been responsible for the partial or complete failure of colonies in Bolivia. Mar Chiquita (Argentina), perhaps the most important breeding site, is threatened by abstraction of water for irrigation projects. Mining has wrought extensive habitat alteration, and the species also suffers from hunting and tourism-related disturbance.

Diet: Insects, aquatic invertebrates, small fishes and algae.

Nesting: Breeding habitat is typified by the presence of suitable salinities and islands with extensive surrounding mudflats - conditions that do not occur each year.

Cool Facts: Chilean flamingos have shallow-keeled bills and feed on insects, aquatic invertebrates, and small fishes.

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