Andean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus andinus)
is a bird species in the flamingo family restricted to the high Andes in southern Peru, Bolivia, northern
Chile and northwestern Argentina.
Andean Flamingo sitting down.
It is closely related to the smaller
, and the two are
placed in the genus Phoenicoparrus
Like all flamingos it lays a single chalky white egg on a mud
Andean Flamingos, like all flamingos, feed by filtering small items
from water with their specialised bills. They have a deep, narrow
lower mandible, which allows them to eat small foods such as
, in contrast to the wider bill of
larger species, which take bigger prey items.
Most of the plumage is pinkish white. The Andean Flamingo is the
only species of flamingo that has yellow legs and feet. Its bill is
yellowish as in James's Flamingo
but with a much more extensive black tip.
The Andean Flamingo is at risk of extinction because of hunting,
its long breeding cycle, and the low number of breeding sites
around the world.
File:Andean Flamingos in the Salar de
Pedernales.jpg|A group of Andean Flamingos in the Salar de Pedernales in the Atacama Region of Chile.
- Database entry includes justification for why this species is