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Flamingo

Phoenicopterus

Description:

Young flamingos hatch with grey plumage, but adults range from light pink to bright red due to aqueous bacteria and beta carotene obtained from their food supply. A well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly coloured and thus a more desirable mate; a white or pale flamingo, however, is usually unhealthy or malnourished

Notes:

This was taken at the Pretoria Zoo in South Africa

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anetbruwer
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anetbruwer

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Spotted on Oct 1, 2011
Submitted on Oct 1, 2011

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