SPECIES

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

Systematics

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Geographic Variation

None described.

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Related Species

A recent study that reconstructed the phylogeny of flamingos using DNA sequence data found that Andean Flamingo is sister to James’s Flamingo, and together constitute the genus Phoenicoparrus (8). These two species appear to be sister to the Old World Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor). These three species form a well-supported clade that is sister to the remaining three species of flamingo in the genus Phoenicopterus (8).

Fossil History

Fossils attributed to Andean Flamingo have been found at the Salar de Atacama border and roughly date to the Early Formative period, approximately 3,000 to 2,200 BP (9). These fossils date to a period consistent with the onset of modern climate conditions that the species now inhabits (9).

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