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The Chilean flamingo is a species restricted to South America, with a meridional distribution, occurring from central Peru southwards, through the Andes to Tierra del Fuego and extending eastwards to South Brazil and Uruguay. Flamingoes live preferentially in large, shallow, brackish or salt water lagoons, being abundant in places where fish competition for benthic invertebrates or plankton is absent or of low intensity. They feed mainly on crustaceans (copepods, cladocerans, ostracods and others), aquatic insects and snails.
El flamenco austral es una especie restringida a Sudamérica con una distribución meridional, viéndoselo desde el Perú central hacia el sur, a través de los Andes hasta la Tierra del Fuego y extendiéndose hacia el este hasta el sur de Brasil y Uruguay. Los flamencos viven en grandes grupos, preferentemente en amplias aguas someras o lagunas salobres donde existe poca competencia para capturar invertebrados bénticos o plancton. Se alimentan principalmente de crustáceos (copépodos, cladoceranos, ostrácodos y otros), insectos acuáticos y caracoles.

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