James’ Flamingo. Phoenicoparrus jamesi
In the high altitudes of the Andes, the flamingo colonies give the low vegetation landscape on the salt water lakes a brilliant play of colours. The James’ Flamingo is the smaller species of South American flamingo. He lives exclusively in the Andes, only from an altitude of 2000m. The beak of the James’ Flamingo is bright yellow and as with all flaming species occupied with the contrasting black end. The type of beak itself, whereby the flamingos catch the planktonic algae and small crabs by filtration, is unique in the bird world. The feathers of the flamingos only turn red when they eat this special food and the colour intensity and type of colouring is different for each of the flamingo species and remains only temporary. The James’ Flamingo is rather overall white, a little pink at the head, in addition it carries a red triangle under the wings and its decorative feathers are mostly streaked by strong red.
Man finds the elements air and water in the spiritual-flamingo relationship. The flamingos of South America are much more connected to the element air than the flamingo species living in Africa. The Spiritual Animal James Flamingo expresses a special creative power that preferentially permeates the mental sphere of action of the spirit animal flamingo person. However, it remains to be assumed that he sends out less impulses in expressive dance than e.g. the African pink flamingo. In James’ Flamingo, a slightly reduced spectrum of gestural movements has also been observed, purely biologically. Nevertheless, all flamingo species are capable of unusual movements, both during courtship and in the water, to frighten up the small creatures. Flamingos like to go round in circles. All her movements are skilful and graceful. They are rich in gestures, in a kind of fixed movements that serve different purposes of communication. They have this choreographic impulse that spreads telepathically across the entire colony. From one moment to the other the birds can change their position, which can lead through the colour contrasts of their feathers to uniform and impressive colour changes within the swarm.
People with flamingo quality can build on the community instinct of the swarming bird. They are gifted in experiencing their own emotional life as something perfectly beautiful. They juggle with their own sensitivity, are adaptable, balance temperature and understand the telepathic transmission of feelings of enthusiasm to their immediate environment, into the community in which they live. They sympathetically encounter the emotional life of other people, but at the same time they remain untouched. They have the ability to repel outside worlds of feeling in such a way that the plumage of the water birds behaves water-repellent.
Fish are the natural food competitors of the flamingos and the fish-free salt lakes in the Andes are of great importance for the populations of the James’ Flamingo. The flamingos know how to colonize a salty habitat where plants and other animals have to retreat. Salt has always been of great importance to man, it is much more than a spice and preservative. The first trade relations of international importance were established with the salt trade. Salt extraction, together with the colonisation of fish in the otherwise fish-free or low-fish salty waters, is currently threatening the habitats of many flamingos. A flamingo colony can comprise ten thousand individuals and more. The largest colony of African flamingos was estimated at nearly one million birds. The animals are active both day and night. They need a peaceful and quiet life to breed. If this is given, then a whole colony goes into courtship together. Otherwise, they expose them with the Balz and the birds do not produce offspring over the year. The courtship of the flamingos is a fascinating natural spectacle. At first they dance as a whole group, which is then divided more and more into smaller groups. Flamingos behave monogamously during the breeding season and often stay together beyond. Flamingos breed as a community, close together. Their nests in the Salares are mud piled up into cones from the salt bed of the water. In the peripheral zones of the water, in the tension between sinking and rising water level, they brood their eggs. Huge groups of young birds can develop, which are herded by their parents together. The individual parents continue feeding their child and distinguish it between all the others by its sound, so in any case it sees the classical biology. However, the latest research clearly shows how good flamingos and birds can smell overall and so they will be able to recognize their children by their smell.
In human partnership and family the spirit animal flamingo proves to be a sensitive peacemaker who brings harmony as a basic building block into it. It is a prerequisite for the creative aesthetic power of the Flamingo kinship to unfold. Flamingos often undertake extensive food flights. Distance over 100 km can be given on average. They are persevering animals and the spirit animal flamingo humans are inspired by a willingness to go on excursions, spiritually motivated to experience the beauty of creation and to give it away to like-minded people according to the swarm spirit.
While the African flamingos are migratory birds, the flamingos living in the Andes only go to the lower zones of their mountain world in winter. But colony populations also remain at the high lakes and hibernate there. The flamingos owe their peculiarity of standing on one leg in the water to the regulation of their body temperature to balance warmth and cold. The African lakes can get up to 60° warm, the lakes in the high altitudes of the Andes, on the other hand, reach extreme cold temperatures. Flamingos show in all situations of life, which nature gives them an enormous adaptability. The birds get naturally stressed by the predators of their habitat, if present, first the fox, which tries to steal their eggs and the young brood. Nevertheless, the threat posed and still continues to be the greatest threat to the flamingos and, wisely, to all animals worldwide.