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Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) - Paignton Zoo, Devon - May 2019

Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) - Paignton Zoo, Devon - May 2019

The Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) is a large species of flamingo at 110–130 cm (43–51 in) closely related to American flamingo and greater flamingo. The species is listed as near threatened by the IUCN.

It breeds in South America from Ecuador and Peru to Chile and Argentina and east to Brazil; it has been introduced into Germany and the Netherlands (colony on the border, Zwillbrocker Venn). Also, a small population occurs in Utah and California. Like all flamingos, it lays a single chalky-white egg on a mud mound.

These flamingos are mainly restricted to salt lagoons and soda lakes but these areas are vulnerable to habitat loss and water pollution.

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Photo taken @ Collaton St Mary on 16 May 2019 (© Dis da fi we / Flickr)

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