American Flamingo

FlamingoPhoto by David Mayes

Scientific Name: Phoenicopterus ruber ruber

While other flamingos are restricted to shallower waters, the Caribbean flamingo is capable of wading out into deeper waters due to its great size.

  • Size: Weight: 4 to 8 pounds; Height: 47 to 57 inches; Wingspan: 55 to 65 inches
  • Diet: Crustaceans, molluscs, aquatic insects, polychaete worms and algae
  • Habitat: Brackish and saline inland and coastal waters
  • Range in the Wild: Caribbean to northeastern Brazil and the Galapagos Islands

Conservation Status

Listed as Least Concern.

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