Caribbean Flamingo

Close-up of a pink Caribbean flamingo at the Audubon Zoo.

Animal's Behavior
Always found in large groups, these colorful and noisy birds have been around a long time, with depictions being found in cave paintings from 5,000 BC in Spain. The Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is the largest of the flamingo species.

Eating Habits
Caribbean flamingos are filter feeders. Their bills are adapted to filter insects, worms and micro-organisms from the water.

Native habitat is South America and the Caribbean, along with a small population in the Galapagos.

Conservation Efforts
Flamingo populations are generally listed as “least concern,” although habitat destruction is emerging as a possible threat to the species.

Animal Facts
The name “flamingo” comes from the Latin word for “flame.” The Romans considered flamingo tongue a delicacy.