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[Photo] Flamant rose du Chili; Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) at the Adelaide Zoo. Date 2007/02/20. Author: Kelly Byrne.
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The Chilean Flamingo
) is a large species (110-130 cm) closely related to Caribbean Flamingo
and Greater Flamingo
, with which it is sometimes considered conspecific. This article follows the treatment in Ibis
(2002) 144 707-710.
It occurs in temperate South America and is introduced into Germany and the netherlands (colony on the border, Zwilbrockervenn) . Like all flamingo
s it lays a single chalky white egg on a mud mound.
The plumage is pinker than the slightly larger Greater Flamingo
, but less so than Caribbean Flamingo
. It can be differentiated from these species by its greyish legs with pink "knees", and also by the larger amount of black on the bill (more than half).
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