Animals Birds

Animals Birds

Chilean Flamingo


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Phoenicopterus chilensis
PROFILE:

During breeding season, male and female flamingos work together to build a nesting mound using mud, grasses, and other materials. This tall mound protects the single egg from extreme temperatures and potential flooding. Did you notice any mounds in the Flamingo Pond today? Check out another flamingo species, the lesser flamingo, in the Wilds of Africa.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird, Phoenicopteriformes (flamingos)
NATIVE TO:
western and southern South America
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Near threatened
DIET:
Omnivore (algae and crustaceans)
LIFESPAN:
Wild - up to 50 years; zoos - up to 40 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Flocks; colonial nesting and raising of offspring
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