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Tuesday, 15 January 2019  |  Gareth

The American Flamingo

The American Flamingo is the only flamingo species to naturally inhabit North America. They are easily recognisable by their long pink legs, black beak and pink plumage that sometimes reaches a bright fiery red which is where they get there name from. The word flamingo comes from the Spanish/Portuguese word ‘flamengo’ which means ‘flame-coloured’. 

The American flamingo breeds in the Galápagos, coastal Colombia, Venezuela and nearby islands, Trinidad and Tobago, along the northern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, Cuba, Hispaniola, the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Its preferred habitats are similar to those of its relatives, saline lagoons, mudflats, and shallow, brackish, coastal or inland lakes. 

The American flamingo's live in vast colonies and can number into the thousands,  like all flamingo's during the breeding season they create a raised nest made from the surrounding mud and will lay a single chalky looking egg, this is usually during the months of May and August in and around the Galápagos, coastal Colombia, Venezuela and nearby islands, Trinidad and Tobago, along the northern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, Cuba, Hispaniola, the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands  and will take around 28 - 32 days to incubate and hatch, both parents will look after the chick for up to 6 years when it reaches maturity. Flamingos can live up to 40 years which is one of the longest life spans for a bird species. 

 

 

 

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