PUNA FLAMINGO, PHOENICOPARRUS JAMESI, SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, CHILE

PHOENICOPARRUS JAMESI

Phoenicoparrus is a genus separated from the rest of the Flamingos because of their deep mandible or lower bill and the very long filtering filaments or lamellae in the maxilla or upper bill.

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Their higly restricted range makes it difficult to find them in the field. Often you will see them next to the other two South American species, Andean and Chilean Flamingo.

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There are two specific spots that hold two important colonies of James Flamingo. One is in Southern Bolivia in lake Laguna Colorada at 4300 mts above sea level which keeps more than 40 thousand of them. Then in Chile in Tara salt lake a smaller colony but also quite important because is the only place in Chile where is easier to find them active.

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Puna Flamingo ©Alvaro Barrientos, Far South Expeditions.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Author: Alvaro

Trekker and practicing Yoga. Cicling and florawatching activities. Light Photographer.