Chilean flamingo ( Phoenicopterus chilensis )
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The Chilean flamingo is the most common flamingo in South America. Its distribution ranges from Peru to Tierra del Fuego. It is up to 105 cm (41 inches) tall while the females are a little bit smaller. It has got pinkish coloration and the tip of the bill is black. They have got reddish knee joints and feet, which is typical. The males and the females are similar.
Phoenicopterus chilensis inhabits salt lakes in highlands (e.g. Lake Poopo in Bolivia or Lake Titicata situated on the Bolivian border with Peru). These flamingos tend to live in large numbers. Their food consists of algae, invertebrates and so on. They live in a nest made of mud and usually lay one egg, which is white.
The Chilean flamingo is a common bird which can be generally found at altitudes of approximately 4 000 meters, in Argentina they live at lower levels. The sound they make is very similar to the honking notes of geese.