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Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis

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Breeding in saline lakes throughout the southern Andes and the lowlands of Argentina, the Chilean is the most common of the three strictly South American species of flamingo. Where all three co-occur in the altiplano of Peru, Bolivia and Chile, the Chilean Flamingo is best separated from other species by its blue grey legs with bright pink "knees," and by the pink base to its bill. Another potentially useful clue is its faster foraging rate, typically walking while feeding almost twice as fast as the other two species. This more rapid pace stirs the water sufficiently so that small groups of Wilson’s Phalaropes (Phalaropus tricolor) will cluster around their feet and feed on the prey that is churned up.

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Recommended Citation

Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/chifla1