Andean Flamingo Phoenicoparrus andinus
Version: 2.0 — Published May 21, 2020
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Movements and Migration
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Dispersal and Site Fidelity
While some populations of Andean Flamingo appear sedentary, moving to portions of the lakes where they breed that have hot springs and thus do not freeze during the winter, some populations do appear migratory. Winter surveys in Chile and Argentina found that some portion of the population shifted to lower elevation wetlands, although many were still located in the High Andes and Puna environments, though some moved to lower elevations on the central plains of Argentina (6), including the low elevation salt lake Mar Chiquita (12). However, the migratory patterns of Andean Flamingo are still incompletely known, and winter surveys have consistently found fewer individuals than during breeding season surveys, suggesting some are moving to places that remain unknown (6).
Timing and Routes of Migration