Andean Flamingo

About the Andean Flamingo

The Andean Flamingo is a species of flamingo found in high mountain wetlands in the Andes of South America. They move to lower altitude wetlands for the winter.

Like other flamingos, Andean Flamingos are filter feeders, using their special beaks to filter food out of lake water.

Andean Flamingos are considered vulnerable to extinction due to a rapid population decline over the 1980s and 1990s, mostly due to changes in their preferred habitat due to mining. As of the mid 2010s the population is considered stable though still below historical numbers.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 18 April 2018
Scientific Name
Phoenicoparrus andinus
  • Phoenicopteriformes
  • Phoenicopteridae
  • Phoenicoparrus
  • P. andinus
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Conservation Status
Vulnerable (as of 3 June 2018)
VU
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
40 to 43 inches
70 to 85 ounces

Conservation

From IUCN Red List:
The Andean Flamingo is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2014 by BirdLife International. This species is listed as Vulnerable because it has undergone a rapid population decline over the past three generations, owing to exploitation and declines in habitat quality. Exploitation has now decreased and recent survey data suggest that the population is now stable; however, it remains much depleted compared with past numbers.

International Names

Brazilian Flamingo-grande-dos-andes
Chinese 安第斯红鹳
Czech plameňák andský
Danish Andesflamingo
Dutch Andesflamingo
Finnish andienflamingo
French Flamant des Andes
German Andenflamingo
Italian Fenicottero delle Ande
Japanese アンデスフラミンゴ [andesufuramingo]
Norwegian Andesflamingo
Polish flaming andyjski
Portuguese Flamingo-grande-dos-andes
Russian Андский фламинго
Spanish Parina Grande
Swedish andinsk flamingo
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