Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53779

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Phoenicopteridae
Genus:Phoenicopterus
Genus species:Phoenicopterus chilensis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:110 cm
Identification:The Chilean flamingo is pale pink with bright vermilion wings. The primaries and secondaries are black. The Chilean flamingo also has a black downward-curved bill with a yellow base and blue legs with red tarsal joints.
Habitat:Lakes, muddy seacoasts
Diet:Carnivore: small invertebrates, plankton
Reproduction:Males begin displaying to attract mates in October and continue through December. They are colonial nesters, laying one (rarely two) eggs in a raised bowl of mud. The chicks fledge in February or March.
Flock sizes can vary from ten birds up into the thousands.
Behavior:Chilean flamingos can often be seen standing on one foot in shallow water. They migrate from May to September.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Southern South America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Chilean flamingo
long-legged wading bird
Phoenicopterus
Flamingos
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/53779