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Caribbean Flamingo

Phoenicopterus ruber

NATURAL HABITAT
The Caribbean flamingo prefers to live in tropical and warm temperate climates.

DIET
IN THE WILD – Small shrimp, mollusks, invertebrates and blue-green algae
IN THE ZOO – Specially formulated enriched grain

FASCINATING FACTS

  • Capable of long-distance migration
  • Fly at speeds up to 31 to 37 mph
  • Pink coloring is caused by the beta carotene in shrimp
  • Stand on one leg to reduce heat loss through the legs and feet
  • Can sleep standing on one leg
  • What appears to be their knee bent backwards is actually their ankle joint