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Chilean flamingo

Phoenicopterus chilensis


A large species of flamingo with a light pink plumage and a large black bill. Their bill has a comb like structure which enables it to filter food—mainly algae and plankton—from the water.


Spotted at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington.


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.(Wikipedia)

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Seattle, Washington, USA

Spotted on Mar 24, 2019
Submitted on Jun 23, 2019

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