Caribbean flamingo

Caribbean flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber ruber

ClassAves
OrderPhoenicopteriformes
FamilyPhoenicopteridae
Size120-145cm
Weight2.5–4kg
Incubation30 days
Eggs1
Life-span50 years
Diet
small fish, small crustaceans, algae, protozoa

Habitat
lagoons, estuaries

Range
South and Central America, Galapagos, Caribbean


Of the 6 species of pink flamingo, Caribbean flamingos are the most brightly coloured. They are also the tallest.
 
Flamingos often stand on one foot. Some people claim that this stance helps them to rest or to balance; others think they conserve their body heat better by only putting one foot a time in the water.
 
Flamingos’ beaks are very sophisticated. When thrust into the water upside-down, they allow the birds to filter their food thanks to comb-shaped plates along their mandibles that act like whalebone in baleen whales. Lagoon algae and small invertebrates are trapped by these plates, while the birds’ rough tongues expel water.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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