• Chilean Flamingo

    Phoenicopterus chilensis

     

    • Near Threatened

    flamingo

    • South America, from Chile to Argentina

    • Height: 80-145 cm (31-57 in) long
    • Weight: 1.9-3 kg (4.2-6.6 lbs)

    • Inhabits tropical and warm climates, both along the coast and at high altitudes

    • Incubation Period: 26-31 days
    • The females usually lays 1 egg at a time
    • Both males and females reach sexual maturity at 6 years old

    • Algae, diatoms, aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans and mollusks

    • All flamingos feed with their bills upside-down. They tip their head into the water and filter feed, using special hair like adaptations in the top half of their bill, to gather the microorganisms that make up their diet.
    • Both male and female adults, provide their young with a type of milk called crop milk.

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