Outside Animals

Caribbean flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber

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

Diet at 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