We are off to meet a bird who calls this country home- the greater flamingo! These iconic birds are one of our favorites too! Let’s learn more about them together.
Greater Flamingo Fun Facts:
- These large birds can grow up to 59 inches tall and weigh up to almost 9 pounds. They are the largest member of the flamingo family.
- Males are larger than females.
- Greater flamingos are a soft whitish pink. They do have bright pink and black feathers on the back of their bodies.
- Young flamingos are grey and turn pink after a few years. That pink coloration is caused by the food they eat.
- During breeding season they turn brighter pink!
- These carnivores eat small crustaceans, insects and fish.
- They are highly social.
Flamigos always make us smile. Did you know that knobby joint they bend is actually their ankle? Their knees are closer to their bodies! Neat!