Andean Flamingo Phoenicoparrus andinus
Version: 2.0 — Published May 21, 2020
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Breeding season in Argentina and Chile was reported to be from December to February (Lee et al. 2011).
At one site in Bolivia, nests with eggs and chicks were found in late January (3).
Birds breed in colonies found at salt lake environments located high in the Andes of South America. At one colony in northern Bolivia, nests were found on an island in the middle of a salt lake described as a “salt-bluff” (3).
Structure and Composition
Nests are in the standard flamingo form, consisting of cone-shaped mounds of mud placed on the ground.
Nests have a diameter of 45-50 cm at the base, 28-30 cm at the rim, and are about 10 cm in height (3).
Eggs are relatively long and narrow compared to other sympatric flamingos.
Measurements from one colony found that mean size was 84.7 x 54.3 mm, with a range of 80.9-90.9 mm x 52.8-57.2 mm (n = 13; 3).
Clutch one egg.
The length of incubation is about 28 days.