American Flamingo | Greater Vancouver Zoo Animals


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American Flamingo

Common name: American Flamingo
Scientific name: Phoenicopterus ruber

At the zoo: A flock of 20 American Flamingos and 1 Chilean Flamingo named Chili - Chili is slightly smaller and paler than the others

Flamingos are native to the Caribbean and surrounding coastlines and islands, and Galapagos.

Omnivore: Algae and small crustaceans.
Flamingos beaks have evolved to facilitate their specialized feeding method. They are lined with filters to strain food from the water.

Life Expectancy:
20 years

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.

Fun Fact:
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.

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