Chilean Flamingo

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Scientific Name
Phoenicopterus chilensis

Type
Bird

Lifespan
Wild: 20-30 years
Captivity: 50 years

Size
42 inches tall

Average Weight
4.2-6.6 lbs

Group Name
Colony

Group Size
1,000s

Name of Young
Chick

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We Are:Common

Did you know?

  • Flamingos are well known for being bright pink. This is the result of their diet. Many of the invertebrates they eat, particularly shrimp, have high keratin content. Flamingos that eat a more keratin rich diet will have more vibrant coloration.
  • Their bill has special comb-like structures to filter food out of the water. They mainly eat small invertebrates like shrimp and plankton.
  • Flamingo flocks can number in the thousands. Parents can locate their chick in the colony based on voice recognition.

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