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Florida Boardwalk Animal Fact Sheet
CARIBBEAN FLAMINGO
Phoenicopterus ruber

Range:

Bahamas, West Indies, the Mexican Yucatan, northern South America, Galapagos Islands; occasionally, coastal United States from the Carolinas to Texas.

The Caribbean flamingos’ unusual body is due to their eating habits. The flamingos have long bodies, legs, and necks which allow them to venture into deeper water. The flamingos use their webbed feet to stir up mud and their long necks and sharp beaks to plunge for food. The flamingos are very social birds and live in huge colonies. A single colony can consist of up to a thousand birds. The flamingo colonies eat, breed, and fly together. 

Flamingos are not born with their bright pink plumage. Their color comes from the carotenoid pigments they consume as part of their diet. Some scientists believe that a flamingo's success in breeding relies on its bright coloration.


Habitat: Costal lagoons, salt lakes and mudflats.
Diet: Algae, crustaceans and tiny mollusks.
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length:  47-55 in.          
Weight: 4.5-9 lbs.
Lifespan: 20-30 years
Incubation:

28 days.


 

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