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American flamingo

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American flamingo
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Scientific Classification
Binomial Name

Phoenicopterus ruber

Image Description
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The American Flamingo is a species of flamingo known by the scientific name Phoenicopterus ruber. This particular species is well known for it bright colors of a scarlet red and a light pink. This outstanding color comes from the chemicals from the food they eat. In captivity they put die in their food so there color is more vibrant. Widley known as the American Flamingo another name it was given is the Caribbean Flamingo. The anatomy, reproduction and ecology is what makes this animal so magnificent.

Anatomy

Flamingos vibrant color

The American Flamingo has a long neck with a curve. Their bill is wide because they are filter feeders and need it to take in the amount of food necessary.[1] The American Flamingo is known for its scarlet red color on its head, neck, breast, and wings. Including a lighter shade of pink on the back and underneath the tail.[2] Chemicals made in the crustaceans gives them their color.This particular specie can grow up to fifty seven inches in length and can weigh up to six to eight pounds. This bird flies with a wingspan of one hundred and fifty centimeters or fifty nine inches.[3]

Reproduction

The average time it takes a American Flamingo to become sexually mature is several years after birth. Once they hit the age of six years old they begin to breed. The birds show interest in each other by calling to the inspiring mate in unison. The male and females connection is really strong during the breeding season, but yet it is able to see a flamingo mate with more than one mate. [4] Females lay their eggs on a large mound. [5]

Ecology

Flamingos wading in water

Flamingos usually are found in alkaline waters in Central and South America. The American Flamingo prefer warmer weather. [6] You can find this species in lagoons, and lakes[7] Most of these areas lack any vegetation. If any decreases of fish may affect if the flamingos go there.[8]

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