Andean Flamingo Phoenicoparrus andinus

Kylie G. Roberts, Jessica C. Patton, Zishan A. Mahmood, Brandon D. Alarcon, Josep del Hoyo, Peter F. D. Boesman, and Ernest Garcia
Version: 2.0 — Published May 21, 2020

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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Sounds and Vocal Behavior

As in other Flamingos, most vocalizations tend to be quiet and heard most often around nesting colonies. The main vocalizations of this species tend to be higher-pitched and clearer than other Flamingos, and are readily distinguishable from James's (Phoenicoparrus jamesi) and Chilean Flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis).


Vocal Array

Very poorly known; the available recordings fall into three distinct call types, but specific information on function lacking.

Peep. A surprisingly high-pitched (c 2 kHz), short (c 0.1-0.2s), clear note that sounds rather Passerine-like. Most often given in a quick series that slightly descends, but sometimes also singly. Among the more common vocalizations of this species in online collections. May be what is described as a "a loud vibrating call" in Fjeldså and Krabbe (11).

Quack. A brief, rough nasal quack or honk-like note that can be given individually or in series. Lower-pitched and shorter in duration than the analogous call in Chilean Flamingo, but slightly higher-pitched than in James's Flamingo. Often heard in flight.

Chuckle. A quiet, conversational call made up of short, low-pitched quack-like notes. Lower-pitched and less nasal than the Quack call, and typically given in a faster series. The analogous vocalization in James's Flamingo heard from foraging birds, but no information for the present species. Quality of the faster examples somewhat reminiscent of some calls made by foraging Mallards.

Nonvocal Sounds

None known.

Recommended Citation

Roberts, K. G., J. C. Patton, Z. A. Mahmood, B. D. Alarcon, J. del Hoyo, P. F. D. Boesman, and E.F.J. Garcia (2020). Andean Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, B. K. Keeney, and S. M. Billerman, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.andfla2.02