FLAMINGO IDENTIFICATION
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   There are six different species of Flamingo and they are all found at WWT Slimbridge: -
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American Flamingo (Slimbridge 37/10/12) Andean Flamingo (Slimbridge 06/07/13) Chilean Flamingo (Slimbridge 04/09/13)
American Flamingo
Andean Flamingo
Chilean Flamingo
Greater Flamingo (Slimbridge 23/11/13) James's Flamingo (Slimbridge 17/05/14) Lesser Flamingo (Slimbridge 26/07/13)
Greater Flamingo
James's Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
   To aid identification we shall compare various significant parts of the Flamingo: -
   The Bill and Eyes
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American Flamingo Andean Flamingo Chilean Flamingo Greater Flamingo James's Flamingo Lesser Flamingo
American Flamingo
Andean Flamingo
Chilean Flamingo
Greater Flamingo
James's Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
   The Legs
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American Flamingo Legs Andean Flamingo Legs Chilean Flamingo Legs Greater Flamingo Legs James's Flamingo Legs Lesser Flamingo Legs
American Flamingo
Andean Flamingo
Chilean Flamingo
Greater Flamingo
James's Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
   The Plumage
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American Flamingo Plumage Andean Flamingo Plumage Chilean Flamingo Plumage Greater Flamingo Plumage James's Flamingo Plumage Lesser Flamingo Plumage
American Flamingo
Andean Flamingo
Chilean Flamingo
Greater Flamingo
James's Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
   Identification Overview
   American Flamingo.
   A Pink and White bill with a Black tip, Yellow/Orange eyes, Deep Pink plumage with Red wing coverts,
   Pink legs and feet.
   Andean Flamingo.
   A pale Yellow bill with a large Black tip, Dark Red/Brown eyes, pale Pink plumage with Black wing coverts,
   Yellow legs and feet.
   Chilean Flamingo.
   A Pink bill with a large Black tip, pale Yellow eyes, Pink plumage with Red wing coverts, Grey legs and feet
   with Pink leg joints.
   Greater Flamingo.
   A Pink bill with a Black tip, Yellow eyes, Pink/White plumage with Red wing coverts, Pink legs and feet.
   James's Flamingo.
   A bright Yellow bill with a Black tip, bright Red skin from the bill to the Yellow eyes. The plumage is pale
   Pink with Black flight feathers, brick Red legs and feet.
   Lesser Flamingo.
   A dark Red bill with a Black tip, Yellow/Orange eyes, Pink / White plumage with Red wing coverts,
   Pink legs and feet.
   Now that we have identified the Flamingos, where can we find them at WWT Slimbridge?
   Currently, WWT Slimbridge is the only wildfowl reserve in Europe that has all six species of Flamingo.
   They can be found in the following zones: -
   American Flamingo. - Found in the Caribbean Flamingo Zone.
   Andean Flamingo. - Found in the Andean Flamingo Zone.
   Chilean Flamingo. - Found in the South America Zone.
   Greater Flamingo. - Found in the Flamingo Lagoon.
   James's Flamingo. - Found in the Andean Flamingo Zone.
   Lesser Flamingo. - Found in the Lesser Flamingo Zone.
   Did You Know?
     Flamingos obtain their Pink plumage from their food which contains carotenoids.
     Flamingos feed by filtering food from the water using their Bills in the upside down position.
     The life expectancy of a captive Flamingo can be 60+ years.
     The Greater Flamingo is the largest of the Flamingos.
     There is only one James's Flamingo at WWT Slimbridge which is the only captive example in Europe.
     Flamingos legs can be 750 to 1250 mm long which is longer then their body.
     Flamingos can sleep whilst standing on one leg.
     The Lesser Flamingo is the smallest of the Flamingos.
     Flamingos only lay a single egg each year.