Scientifice Name: Phoenicopterus chilensis
Range and Habitat: Range – From the central highlands of Peru to the southern mountains of
Argentina. Birds winter in Tierra del Fuego.
Habitat – Shallow lakes and lagoons of brackish water in the Andes and
Size: 39 to 43 inches
Incubation: 30 to 32 days
Wild Diet: Small organisms, crustaceans and algae
Zoo Diet: Mazuri flamingo diet soaked in water
Habits: Flamingos breed in large colonies, usually in or near water. The nest is
built of mud and other materials and formed into a cone with a
depression in the top to hold the eggs. Young birds are nourished by a
liquid secreted by the parents until their own special feeding mechanisms
develop and they can feed themselves.
Flamingos wade with necks lowered and heads upside down, sweeping
from side to side. Tiny organisms and algae are filtered from the water
by an arrangement of special bristles in the bill, similar to the feeding
method of the blue whale. These feeding areas have a high salt content.
The flamingos filter out the food particles without swallowing the salt
water, preferring less saline or salt-free water for drinking, which they
get from springs or standing pools of rainwater.