Caribbean Flamingo

Phoenicopterus ruber

May I have this dance?

The flamingo’s courtship dance wouldn’t look out of place at a grand ball. Groups of male and female birds strut around in a group, heads held high and almost perfectly synchronised. The males show off by “saluting” with their magnificent wings.


  • Origin

    the Caribbean, South America and the Galapagos

  • Habitat

    Coasts and islands of Central America

  • Diet

    Small crustaceans, molluscs, insects, aquatic plants, algae

  • Status

    least concern

  • Size

    1,20 m

  • Weight

    2 to 4 kg

  • Breeding period

    28 to 32 days

  • Achievable age

    over 50 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

Energy drink for baby flamingos

In the first few weeks of their lives, flamingo chicks are fed on a secretion of the upper digestive tract referred to as “milk”. Both parents produce this secretion, which is rich in protein and fat, and pass it on via regurgitation.


Did you know?

Flamingos build round mud nests up to 40 cm tall to stop
the eggs from being washed away.
Young flamingos have a straight beak that lacks the filter
function of the adults’ curved beak.

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