Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis)

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Chilean flamingos feeding
IUCN Red List species status – Near Threatened NEAR
THREATENED

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  • The Chilean flamingo is found on salt-lakes, mudflats, estuaries and lagoons in South America.
  • To filter water and food, Chilean flamingos have bristle-like projections on their tongues.
  • Unable to drink salt water, Chilean flamingos drink from springs and puddles, and can even absorb rainwater through their feathers.
  • Found in flocks of 3,000 to 10,000, Chilean flamingos will breed in synchrony within flocks to aid the survival of the chicks.
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Chilean flamingo description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassAves
OrderPhoenicopteriformes
FamilyPhoenicopteridae
GenusPhoenicopterus (1)

Information on the Chilean flamingo is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

Spanish
Flamenco Chileno.
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Chilean flamingo status

Classified as Near Threatened (NT) on the IUCN Red List 2007 (1) and listed on Appendix II of CITES (2).

IUCN Red List species status – Near Threatened

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (March, 2008)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  2. CITES (March, 2008)
    http://www.cites.org
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