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