Mar 31, 2012

Andean flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus)

Did you know?

That is the only large flamingo species of flamingo with yellow legs? The close relative, James’ flamingo, has red legs, while in most other species are grayish pink.

The andean flamingo has a total length of 110 cm. The plumage is mainly white with a pinkish tinge, throat and chest veins often have pink covers pink wings are vermilion. The wing feathers are black and very visible, even when they have the wings folded. The large curved beak and is mostly black with a basal area of ​​ivory. The eyes are dark red-brown. It is the only flamingo with yellow legs and no hind toe. The sexes are very similar in appearance.

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