Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis

The Chilean flamingo is a tall, large-bodied bird with a long neck and small head. Most flamingos, including this species, have pale pink plumage and bills. This subspecies of flamingo is slightly smaller than the Caribbean flamingo and has gray legs with pink bands at the joints.

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ORIGIN:
Warm, tropical environments in South America

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HABITAT:
Coastal mudflats, estuaries, lagoons and salt lakes

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
5-8 lbs
Height: 3.5-4.3 ft

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DIET:
Algae, aquatic invertebrates, crustacians, and small fish

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PREDATORS:
Few natural predators as they live in large groups called flocks

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Live in large flocks

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REPRODUCTION:
One egg; Males and females incubate 27-31 days

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THREATS:
Not endangered

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
20-30 yrs; up to 50 yrs in zoos

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