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Flamingo

Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) are most known for their beautiful pink feathers. They have three webbed front toes and one hind. Males are taller and weigh more than the females.

Size: Flamingos range from 4 to 5 feet tall and weigh anywhere from 4 to 8 pounds.

Life Span: The average life span for a flamingo is between 20 to 30 years.

Color: When young flamingos are hatched they have white plummage. Adult flamingos have light pink to bright red feathers depending on the amount of carotenoids in their diet.

Continent: South America

Range: Caribbean

Habitat: Flamingos live in lagoons, or lakes, where there is lots of mud and water.

Food: Flamingos feed on shellfish and algae.

Reproduction: There is no set breeding season for flamingos. Males and females pair up and begin building a nest to lay the egg. Then, they take turns incubating the egg. When the flamingo chick is born the parents are responsible for feeding and taking care of it.

Fun Facts: Flamingo is the Latin word for "Flame." The birds communicate through honking and growling, and this helps keep the packs together.

Conservation: Some flamingo habitats have been disturbed by salt mining, drainage of land, and other human interferences, resulting in the desertion of some nest sites.