Common name: American Flamingo
Scientific name: Phoenicopterus ruber
Flamingos are native to the Caribbean and surrounding coastlines and islands, and Galapagos.
Omnivore: Algae and small crustaceans.
Flamingos beaks have evolved to facilitate feeding-lined with filters to strain food from the water.
Median Life Expectancy:
20 years - Male
12 years - Female
The Flamingo's long legs and webbed feet stir up the water, bringing potential food closer to the surface making it easier to access. The Flamingo's signature colour is a result of their diet. Just like eating too many carrots would turn you orange, their diet is rich in a mineral called beta-carotene, resulting in their distinct pink-orange colour.
Did you know that unlike other birds, Flamingos require a running start in order to fly? This momentum is needed because of their large size and tall, awkward shape.