DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT
Chilean flamingo is found in South America from central Peru through the Andes and Uruguay to Tierra del Fuego. The bird inhabits muddy, shallow alkaline and brackish lakes.
These are diurnal animals. Chilean flamingos are gregarious, social birds that feed and nest together in flocks ranging from a few individuals
to tens of thousands.
They eat nsects, mollusks, aquatic or marine worms, aquatic crustaceans, other marine invertebrates, zooplankton, algae, phytoplankton.
Chilean flamingos nest in large colonies. Parents build a cone-shaped nest mound out of mud and stone. Female lays only one egg. Both the male and the female incubate it for around 26 to 31 days. After the chick hatches, it remains in the nest for the first couple of days. After 5 to 8 days, the young move into large crèches.
GOOD TO KNOW
Parents are able to recognize their offspring from other chicks in the crèche consisting of up to 30,000 birds by individual calls.
- Latin name: Phoenicopterus chilensis
- IUCN Red List – NT – near threatened
- CITES – Appendix II