American Flamingo

Jet Eliot

American Flamingo, Galapagos American Flamingo, Galapagos

This iconic bird breeds in many tropical locales of the western hemisphere, while its close relative, the Greater Flamingo, lives on the opposite side of the globe.

Those seen here breed in the Galapagos Islands; live in shallow, brackish water.  We had the fortune to watch them on Floreana Island, as they searched for shrimp.

American Flamingo, Floreana Island, Galapagos American Flamingo, Floreana Island, Galapagos

With their large size and pink color, Phoenicopterus ruber are not a typical bird.  They are about 50 inches tall (127 cm), owing much of the height to its long legs.  Carotenoid pigments in the diet add to their glorious rosy color.  There are many other unique features.

Flamingoes have a specialized beak used for straining food, and it also has a salt gland.  A four-chambered heart, very long trachea, and unipedal stance are additional interesting elements of the flamingo.  To read more, click here.

Flamingo feeding, Galapagos Flamingo…

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