Animals Birds

Animals Birds

Caribbean Flamingo


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Phoenicopterus ruber
PROFILE:

Flamingos get their pink coloring from the food they eat. The pink coloration you see comes from a protein called carotene, which can be found in the small crustaceans and other types of plankton they eat. Flamingos eat by sweeping their heads back and forth in the water. They filter out food that is in the water with their highly specialized bills.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird, Phoenicopteriformes (flamingos)
NATIVE TO:
Caribbean, southern United States, Mexico, South America, and Galápagos
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Omnivore (algae and crustaceans)
LIFESPAN:
zoos - up to 40 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Flocks and colonies
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