Many of us think of pink flamingos as fun, funky, ubiquitous, and tropical. But, the Andean Flamingo isn't so tropical, and certainly less ubiquitous than the other five species of these wading birds.
This particular species of flamingos doesn't quite fit the stereotypes that most of us have about these big, beautiful pink birds.
They don't hang out in hot, steamy, tropical climates, like the Caribbean. They live high in the Andes Mountains of South America.
And, they aren't so plentiful as their brethren in other regions, either. In fact, they are the rarest of all flamingo species, with a conservation status of Vulnerable.
Read on for a basic primer on these fascinating creatures. You'll also discover the two main threats that have earned them a spot on the list of vulnerable species.