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Chilean Flamingo (Female)

Chilean Flamingo (Female)
The Chilean Flamingo breeds in temperate South America from Ecuador and Peru to Chile and Argentina and east to Brazil; it has been introduced into Germany and the Netherlands. There is also a small population in Utah and California. The plumage is pinker than the slightly larger greater flamingo, but less so than Caribbean flamingo. It can be differentiated from these species by its greyish legs with pink joints and also by the larger amount of black on the bill (more than half). Young chicks may have no sign of pink coloring whatsoever, but instead remain grey. The Chilean flamingo's bill is equipped with comb-like structures that enable it to filter food—mainly algae and plankton—from the water of the coastal mudflats, estuaries, lagoons and salt lakes where it lives. Chilean flamingos live in large flocks in the wild and require crowded conditions to stimulate breeding. Near Threatened species. Taken at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. No processing or touch-ups.

Lynne, Les's Photography AKA aligeeach, Don Sutherland have particularly liked this photo


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Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Stunning shot.
3 years ago.
Cheryl's Images
Cheryl's Images
A lovely sharp shot.
3 years ago.
Kris W (Formerly kmw1018 on Flickr)
Kris W (Formerly kmw…
Thanks all!
3 years ago.
Chris Sorge
Chris Sorge
Wonderful capture
3 years ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
A lovely change to see a white one !

Excellent image, thank you very much for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
16 months ago.