Flamingos in the Americas

CBC Associate Director, Dr. Felicity Arengo and collaborators led the 5th International Flamingo Census in South America in February, and had good news to report: preliminary results show increased numbers and breeding activity compared to previous years. This work, funded by a diverse partnership between local governments, NGOs and a mining company, is important as it helps us understand the conservation status of biodiversity in the extreme and fragile ecosystems of the high Andes.

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Researches survey for flamingos in Salar de Antofalla, Argentina, during the 2015 international flamingo census.


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An Andean Flamingo forages in Laguna Saquewa in Bolivia. Flamingos stir up the mud and filter food through teeth-like structures in their bills.


In order to get a regional snapshot, approximately 90 participants assembled in 20 teams and visited over 250 wetlands in 10 days, to record flamingo numbers and breeding activity. The census simultaneously covers the entire range of the Andean Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus) and Puna Flamingo (P. jamesi) in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. Over the next five years they will continue to monitor these habitats and populations, using data to strengthen and increase legal protection for these areas.

                  

Read more about the CBC's research on flamingos in the Americas.