Colony of James's flamingos dot the shallow waters of Laguna Colorada
The water of Laguna Colorada is colored brick orange due to natural hot springs which provide nutrients for red algae to bloom. The birds feed on diatoms less than 1mm in diameter. The lake has a number of small islets of borax, as well as the largest population of flamingos of any Altiplano lake. There are three species of flamingos here: Andean, Chilean, and James's. There are only 50,000 James's flamingos in the world and 30,000 of them nest here each summer. They predominate on this lake at 4,300 meters due to their ability to survive on a diet of diatoms and algae.
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