Flamingos are social birds that live in large noisy flocks. In the wild they can be found living close to warm lakes and estuaries, where they feed. Their long curved necks and downward facing bills have evolved to allow them to filter through shallow water and feed on small invertebrates, crustaceans and algae.
Birdworld has always loved flamingos and recently chosen to concentrate efforts on the small vibrant Chileans. These birds naturally gather in vast numbers on salt lagoons and soda lakes across South America, being found at altitudes as high as 4,000 metres. This flock joined Birdworld from Chester Zoo in 2019 and are part of a wider conservation effort for this near threatened species, to create a stable and flourishing population across UK zoos.