AMERICAN FLAMINGO
(Phoenicopterus Ruber)
American Black Duck      American Wigeon


Caribbean Flamingo Zone - Slimbridge
The American Flamingo found in the Caribbean Flamingo Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Caribbean
Breeding Habitat - Caribbean
North Caribbean in Cuba, Hispaniola and the Bahamas, Galapagos Islands, Columbia, Venezula and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Generally Non-Migratory.

Conservation Status


Size
1200mm to 1450mm (47" to 57")

Appearance - Drake
Most of the American Flamingos plumage is deep Pink with the wing coverts Red, and the primary and secondary flight feathers Black. The bill is Pink and White with a Black tip and the legs are entirely Pink.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar to the male but slightly smaller.

Habitat
Its preferred habitats are saline Lagoons, Mudflats, and shallow Brackish Coastal or Inland Lakes.

Diet
Algae, Diatoms, Insects, Crustaceans and Shrimp.

Breeding Time
May to August

Nest
The American Flamingo lays a single egg on a mud mound with an incubation period of 28 to 32 days. Both parents brood the young for a period of up to 6 years until they reach sexual maturity.

Eggs


Quantity: 1.
Average size: 85mm x 52mm.
Colour: Chalky White.

Slimbridge Wildfowl A - B
African Black Duck (Anas Sparsa)
American Black Duck (Anas Rubripes)
American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Ruber)
American Wigeon (Anas Americana)
American Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Andinus)
Andean Goose (Chloephaga Melanoptera)
Argentinian Ruddy Duck (Oxyura Vittata)
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna Tadornoides)
Australian Shoveler (Anas Rhynchotis)
Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta Jubata)
Baer's Pochard (Aythya Baeri)
Baikal Teal (Anas Formosa)
Bar-Headed Goose (Anser Indicus)
Barnacle Goose (Branta Leucopsis)
Bewick's Swan (Cygnus Columbianus Bewickii)
Black-Bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Autumnalis)
Black-Necked Swan (Cygnus Melancoryphus)
Black Swan (Cygnus Atratus)
Blue-Winged Goose (Cyanochen Cyanoptera)
Blue-Winged Teal (Anas Discors)
Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta Brasiliensis)
Brent Goose (Branta Bernicla)
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AMERICAN FLAMINGO
American Black Duck      American Wigeon
American Flamingo
©Nigel Key American Flamingo (Slimbridge March 2011)


Adult American Flamingos, also known as Caribbean Flamingos, are smaller on average than Greater Flamingos but are the largest flamingos in the Americas.

Most of the American Flamingos plumage is pink which gave rise to its earlier name of Rosy Flamingo and also helps to identify adults from the much paler Greater Flamingo.

The American Flamingo has a life expectancy of 40 years, which is one of the longest for birds. Their call is a goose-like honking.
   Hear the American Flamingo's Call:-



Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
American Flamingo (Slimbridge May 2014) American Flamingo (Slimbridge May 2014) American Flamingo (Slimbridge May 2014)
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American Flamingo (Slimbridge March 2014) American Flamingo (Slimbridge March 2014) American Flamingo (Slimbridge March 2014)
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American Flamingo (Slimbridge July 2013) American Flamingo (Slimbridge July 2013) American Flamingo (Slimbridge July 2013)
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American Flamingo (Slimbridge September 2012) American Flamingo (Slimbridge October 2012) American Flamingo (Slimbridge October 2012)
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American Flamingo (Slimbridge August 2011) American Flamingo (Slimbridge August 2011) American Flamingo (Slimbridge October 2011)
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Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/
Andean Flamingo - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
Chilean Flamingo - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
Greater Flamingo - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
James's Flamingo - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
Lesser Flamingo - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
Flamingo Identification - www.slim-bridge.co.uk