APES 2nd period
Andean Flamingo
Phoenicoparrus andinus

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Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Phoenicopteridae

The Andean Flamingo is a pale pink bird with long legs and a long curved neck. It has a curved yellow and black bill and yellow legs. On the wings is a noticeable patch of black feathers. These flamingos are "filter feeders" and mostly feed on diatoms and algae. Andean Flamingos breed in colonies with thousands of individuals. Their offspring is a single egg that is laid on a mud mound in shallow water. It takes 27 to 31 days for the egg to hatch.

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This bird is native to the Andean regions of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. The Andean Flamingo global population is at around 35,000. Andean Flamingos are rarely migratory birds. They live in low, medium, and high altitude wetlands. They can be found in lakes and lagoons of the Andes Mountains. Andean Flamingos do not have many predators, but chicks are preyed upon by culpeo foxes and birds of prey.
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No recovery plans or conservation plans have been established for this animal. On September 16, 2010 the Andean Flamingo was listed as an endangered species. The wetlands in which Andean Flamingos live face a variety of threats such as mineral extraction and water diversion.