Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis). Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Washington, USA.
The Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) is a large species (110-130 cm) closely related to Caribbean Flamingo and Greater Flamingo, with which it is sometimes considered conspecific (belonging to the same species). It occurs in temperate South America and was introduced into Germany and the Netherlands (colony on the border, Zwilbrockervenn). Like all flamingos it lays a single chalky white egg on a mud mound. Chilean Flamingo 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). Photographed in the Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Washington.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download