strongly bent bill that is pink toward base, black at tip (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

American Flamingo
Phoenicopterus ruber

Native Range: Latin America

Notes: the most common flamingo in the Americas, and the only one that reaches as far north as the Caribbean and North America; formerly considered conspecific to Greater Flamingo but recently elevated to full-species status; inhabits saline lagoons and mudflats.; lays a single chalky-white egg on a mound of mud; reaches sexual maturity at about six years of age.

flock; long legs and neck; bright pink plumage (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

flock strutting their stuff (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

facial portrait; note the yellow iris (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

juvenile; lacks bright pink of the adult (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

juvenile with adults (Zoo; 2012-12-23)

pretty flock (Zoo; 2012-12-23)

posing for a picture (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

nesting colony showing their mud nests (Zoo; 2013-05-30)

bird sitting on its mud cone-shaped nest (Zoo; 2013-05-30)

posing for a picture while sleeping (Zoo; 2013-05-30)