Chilean flamingo

At the Detroit Zoo
The Chilean flamingos can be found in the American Grasslands


The Chilean flamingo is a large-bodied bird with long legs, a long neck and small head. It is born with grayish-brown down feathers for insulation; the feathers gradually turn pink with maturation in about 10 weeks.


Scientific name: Phoenicopterus chilensis
Continent: South America
Habitat: Chilean flamingos live in wetlands. They are very tough birds, and can be found in the tropical areas to the high plains where the temperature can drop as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit.
Size: 4-5 feet tall
Weight: 5-6 pounds
Diet: Aquatic invertebrates, algae and very small fish
Reproduction: Thousands of flamingos will gather together and nest in the same area for protection.
Lifespan: 28 years
Conservation Status: Near Threatened



Chilean flamingos are pink a result of a diet high in beta carotene.



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