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James 'flamingo, or James' flamingo, is a South American species of flamingos native to the Andes highlands in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.

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FLAMINGO JAMES (Phoenicoparrus jamesi)

inhabit the Andes Mountains in Bolivia and Northern Argentina. They feed on diatoms. Some colonies of these birds are located in harsh mountainous conditions. The James flamingo, or short-billed flamingo as it is also called, is very rare. In the first half of our century, it was considered already extinct, but in 1957 nesting birds were found. There is almost no information about the reproduction of this species; it is known that it nests in the colonies of the Chilean flamingo.

  • Flamingo James (Phoenicoparrus jamesi)
  • Flamingo red (Phoenicopterus ruber)
  • Small flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor)
  • Flamingo pink (Phoenicopterus roseus)


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Flamingo James

James 'flamingo, or James' flamingo, is a South American species of flamingos native to the Andes highlands in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. This species is related to the Andean flamingo, but is smaller in size.

The plumage of James' flamingos is light pink, with bright red stripes around the neck and on the back. There are some black feathers on the wings. The skin around the eyes is bright red, the legs are brick-colored, and the beak is bright yellow with a black tip. The coloring of the chicks is with a grayish tint.

James' flamingos are similar to other South American flamingos, but the Chilean flamingo has a pinker coloration and a longer beak, while the Andean flamingo has more black at the end of its beak and wings, as well as yellow legs.

James's flamingo was considered completely extinct until 1956, when it was discovered nesting in Lake Colorado in southern Bolivia. In 1960, the population was about 7 thousand birds, now it is 26 thousand. Nevertheless, the species was included in the second appendix of the CITES Convention.

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