Caribbean Flamingo

Caribbean Flamingo or Phoenicopterus ruber is a large species of flamingo closely related to the greater flamingo and Chilean flamingo. Come meet our flock in Wetlands of the Americas here at the Abilene Zoo.

Fast Facts

Phoenicopterus ruber is native to the Caribbean area typically near marine coastal. They usually live in the shallows of salt or brackish water or alkaline lakes.

Flamingos are very Social. They live in flocks in thousands; they are monogamous and lay a single egg at a time. Both parents care for the young, they are gray when they hatch, the pink color comes from pigments in the food they eat.

How long do they live? Flamingos can live anywhere from 40 to 60 years old.

What do they eat? Flamingos are omnivores, they eat small invertebrates such as shrimp, mollusks, small seeds, and algae.

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