Flamingos of the Cloud Forests

Ken Gilliland

Tujunga, United States

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The James’s (aka Puna) Flamingo is found in small range in the Andes, from the southern tip of Peru through western Bolivia and northwestern Argentina to northern Chile. It is found mainly on saline lakes in the high Andean plateaus, where it feeds mainly on algae and diatoms (phytoplankton), but it is also a partial elevational migrant which moves to lower altitude lakes in the non-breeding season.

It is a “Near Threatened” species. Loss and degradation of the habitat of the flamingo have also contributed to its decline, including the pollution and diversion of streams feeding the salt lakes. Also, levels of diatoms may be affected by climate change to the detriment of flamingo food resources. Mining activity and the associated demand for water, as well as tourism are further threats to some wetlands.

Rendered in Vue 8i with no postwork. James’s Flamingo model created by the Artist.

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