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American flamingo

Phoenicopterus ruber

Description:

This American Flamingo (and others) reside at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa, Florida. The American flamingo is a deeper pink in coloration than most other species of flamingo, largely due to its increased diet of beta-Carotene rich substances. While they are the largest flamingos found in America, they are slightly smaller than the great flamingos. Standing at about forty-seven inches, they are tall enough to stand above the surface of the waters in which they hunt. Before they were called the American flamingo as a universal namesake, they were commonly known as the Rosy flamingo, because of the rich and deeper pink colorations around the plume and feathers.

Habitat:

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa, Florida

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2 Comments

mary.gallo.m
mary.gallo.m 6 years ago

Thanks tomato.glasgow!

tomato.glasgow
tomato.glasgow 6 years ago

Beautiful bird

mary.gallo.m
Spotted by
mary.gallo.m

Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 20, 2015
Submitted on Feb 28, 2015

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