Yesterday, I asked my friend Melissa what bird she'd like for her birthday, and she said something pink. Turns out, I can deliver on that. I give you the Andean Flamingo! Happy Birthday, Melissa!
I always thought of Flamingos as swap birds. I figured they wandered around in the Everglades and in zoos and that was about it. It turns out that Flamingos live in high altitudes too! There are three types in Peru and Bolivia and here's one of them. As my bird book notes, its the rarest of the Flamingos--not nearly as common as the James and Chilean, its highland counterparts.
I took this picture somewhere outside La Paz, Bolivia on July 6, 2012.