South America's Chilean Flamingos

by CruiseReady

Discover South America's Chilean Flamingos, and learn how to identify this particular species. You'll also find some flamingo lights and lamps for your home.

South America's Chilean Flamingos are easy to tell apart from the world's other five species of these striking pink birds. Do you know how to instantly recognize this particular variety? You will by the time you finish reading this page.

Now that the flamingo is becoming an accepted design element in home decor, people are wanting to learn more about them. Did you know that not all flamingos are alike? Learning a little bit about at least one or two of the six species found in the wild can be quite fascinating.

While most people have not jumped on the band wagon to the extent of doing entire homes interiors, or even rooms, in pink plumes, a little touch of flamingos here and there is certainly not out of order. No longer are they considered just plain tacky plastic eyesores.

On this page, you'll find out a little bit about a near threatened species of these fabulous birds - the Chilean Flamingo. And along the way, you'll see some nice examples of flamingo lights and lamps to add a bit of flamingo fancy to your home decor.

Image: Chilean Flamingo, PD

Chilean Flamingos

Are Related to Caribbean and Greater Flamingos
Chilean Flamingos
Chilean Flamingos

Chilean Flamingos are from South America, living in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and of course, Chile.

It's quite obvious at first glance that the birds in the above picture are Chilean Flamingos, and not one of their five cousins.  

You could possibly tell by their plumage or maybe their size, but those aren't the things that will immediately give away this species to the casual observer.  Those two things are their legs and their beaks.  

Take a close look.  Do you see a difference in these legs and beaks from those of other fllamingos?

If not, you soon will. Keep reading!

Graceful Flamingo Lamps

Give Light and Life to a Dark Corner

As an element in decor, the flamingo has come a long way since the pink plastic ornaments first popped up on American lawns in the late 1940's.  People are coming around to appreciate the beauty of the real thing, and considering them with other exotic birds for art and special little touches in their homes. This beautiful pink plumed exotic bird is finally beginning to take its place beside the heron and egret as an appreciated design theme.  

Use a beautiful flamingo lamp to bathe an otherwise dim corner of a room in a soft, warm glow.  It 's a glow suggesting the warmth and friendliness of the tropics.

Never mind the fact that not all of these wonderful birds live in tropical climes. They have long evoked that feeling, and likely will continue to do so.

This elegant 23" tall table lamp, of Pink Capiz Shell, is  a far cry from 1947's plastic lawn ornaments!

His Legs and Beak Tell the Tale

To Set the Chilean Flamingo Apart

Chilean Flamingo in Tenerife Zoo

They are smaller than the Greater Flamingo, and have paler pink plumage than the Carribean (or American) flamingo, but it is the beak and legs that really set Phoenicopterus chilensis apart from the rest.



About half (or a little more) of their beak is turned sharply downward, and that part is black.  



 They are the only one of the six worldwide species with gray legs, and pink or pinkish orange ankles.  Yes, ankles.  A flamingo's ankle is about  halfway up its leg!   

Their webbed feet are also pink. 


A Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) in the Tenerife zoo


Flamingo Lighting Options

From Zazzle

It's worth exploring Zazzle if you are looking for something a little different.  Their lighting options include pendant lamps, night lights, and desk lamps.  The desk lamps might also be suitable for bedside lamps.

If you search for 'flamingo' within any of those three types, you'll probably find something to suit your personal style among the hundreds of resulting designs.  Shown below are examples of one of the pendant lights and a night light.


Young Chilean Flamingos Reach a Milestone

And Take an Important Walk

This interesting video shows zoo personnel escorting young flamingos to their new home.  They've reached an important milestone.  So far, they've been raised by humans, but now they're big enough to join the grown up birds. So, they're being escorted, on foot, to their new home.

You'll probably notice how pale looking their plumage is.  That's normal for these babies, who are only about eight months old.  Like other flamingo species, newly hatched babies are gray in color, and take two to three years to grow into their more colorful adult plumage.

WWT Washington: Chilean flamingo chick introduction


Flamingo Lights and Lamps

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Saturday Evening Post - Pink Flamingos Sport Silver Lamp

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Florida Flamingo Decorative Night Light

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More Facts about Chilean Flamingos

In the Adelaide Zoo
In the Adelaide Zoo


Like other species, they feed by moving their beaks upside down through shallow water, filtering out the water and mud, and keeping the good stuff, like algae, tiny fish and shrimp, and plant seeds. 



The year was 1958, and it was a Chilean flamingo that was the first ever to hatch at a zoo in Europe.  The honors for that first went to Basel Zoological Garden in Basel, Switzerland.



There are more Chilean Flamingos in captivity than any of the other species, though American (Caribbean) Flamingos are running a close second.



It's thought that some individuals can live as long as 50 years in the wild, though around 25 or 30 years is probably a more common life span for these beautiful birds.



 With an estimated population of only about 200,000 in the wild, they are considered "near threatened."  There are several reasons for their declining numbers, one of the most disturbing of which is "egg collection," mainly in Bolivia.  Apparently, some people there seem to think it's perfectly OK to eat the eggs of a bird that only lays one a year.  They aren't exactly chickens!

Updated: 06/13/2016, CruiseReady
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Did you learn something new about Chilean Flamingos?

CruiseReady on 08/07/2015

Flamingos are very photogenic, I think!

happynutritionist on 08/06/2015

The pictures are beautiful, and interesting to learn about Flamingos from other parts of the world.

CruiseReady on 08/03/2015

I think a lot of people have that impression, but th e various species of flamingo are native to various parts of the world.

blackspanielgallery on 08/02/2015

I thought these were basically Florida bird. Now here they are in another hemisphere.

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