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James Flamingo

The James’s Flamingo (Phoenicopterus jamesi), also known as the Puna Flamingo, is a South American flamingo which breeds on the high Andean plateaus of Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. It is related to the Chilean Flamingo and the Andean Flamingo.

This small and delicate flamingo measures approximately 3 feet in height and its plumage is pale pink, with bright carmine streaks around the neck and on the back. When perched, a small amount of black can also be seen in the wings. There is bright red skin around the eye. The legs are brick-red and the bill is bright yellow with a black tip. Immature birds are grayish.

James’s Flamingo is similar to other South American flamingoes, but the Chilean Flamingo is pinker, with a paler and longer bill, and the Andean Flamingo is larger with more black in the wings and bill, and yellow legs.

IMAGE CREDIT: Audubon

James Flamingo


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