The Chilean Flamingo is found in most parts of South America, inhabiting tropical and warm climates.
Flamingos are extremely social birds and vocalisations serve as an important part of the communication between one another. Their calls sound similar to a honking goose.
Flamingos are not born with their beautiful pink plumage. The colour comes from the carotenoid pigments they consume as part of their diet. Some scientists believe that a flamingo’s success in breeding relies on its bright colour.
It’s estimated there are around 300,000 individuals remaining in the wild. As with many animals, habitat destruction and exploitation, in the form of egg-harvesting, is the flamingo’s greatest challenge.
Although flamingos have few natural predators, the colony minimises predation through the strategy of ‘the selfish herd’, which theorises that the more options there are for a predator the less likely it will pick me to eat. Additionally, with thousands of birds all together in one area, there are more eyes to watch for possible predators.