Birds of Colombia

FlaMINGO  | FLAMENCO

The only one of the world's 5 flamingo species to occurred in the American continent. Easy to distinguished from other large wading birds by its odd-looking bent bill and very long S-shaped neck

La unica especie que se encuentra en este continente. Es fácil de distinguir por su larga nuca en forma de S y el pico torcido

FLAMINGO AMERICANO

Name in English: American Flamingo
Name in Spanish: Flamenco Americano
Order: Phoenicopteriformes
Family: Phoenicopteridae
Scientific Name: Phoenicopterus ruber
Size/Tamaño: 47 in | 120 cm 
Status: 
Location: Guajira Peninsula
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Photos by: Luis A. Materón ©

American Flamingo, Flamenco americano, Phoenicopterus ruber

Male   ♂︎

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Its origins can be traced back 4 millions years. Life span up to 40 years. Pigeons, doves, penguins and flamingoes are unusual because they feed their chicks a liquid that is similar to a mammals milk. The pink coloration of the flamingoes is due to the alpha and beta carotene content in their diets.


Sus orígenes se remontan a 4 millones de años. Viven hasta 40 años. Palomas, pingüinos y flamingos son inusuales ya que alimentan sus polluelos con un liquido similar a la leche de los mamíferos. La coloración rosada se debe al alto contenido de alfa y beta carotenes en su dieta