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Flamingos

Order Phoenicopteriformes - 1 family  Family Phoenicopteridae

The closest flamingo relatives are a matter of debate, with current thought leaning towards the grebes. Flamingos are long legged, and very often seen resting on one leg. They tend to be of pink color, the depth of pink being a factor of diet. One of the best way to distinguish between the species is by the bill coloration. All species lay 1 chalky-white egg on a mound of mud.


Genus Phoenicoparrus

Flamingo, Andean Phoenicoparrus andinus also Phoenicopterus andinus  Found: Andean Plateau of South America
The Andean Flamingo has pink plumage; paler underparts; black bill, rump; yellow legs; 3-toed feet.
Similar to: Chilean Flamingo. Andean Flamingo has a black rump. Chilean Flamingo does not have yellow on its bill.
Similar to: Jame Flamingo. Andean Flamingo has yellow legs; James Flamingo has red legs and its bill has a brighter yellow. Andean Flamingo is larger.
Image by: 1)  Adrian Pingstone - Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre  2) Lauren Tucker - Slimbridge  3) Paulo Fassina - Chile
1) Photo editted to remove another flamingo


Flamingo, James  Phoenicoparrus jamesi also Phoenicopterus jamesi Found: Andean Plateau of South America
The James Flamingo has pale pink plumage; carmine streaks on back, neck; red orbital skin, legs; yellow bill with black tip; black rump.
Similar to: Andean Flamingo. Andean Flamingo has yellow legs; James Flamingo has red legs and its bill has a brighter yellow. Andean Flamingo is larger.
Image by: 1, 4) Luke Robinson - Chile  2) Iain and Sarah  3) David Brickman - Bolivia
1) Juvenile



Genus Phoenicopterus

Flamingo, American also Caribbean Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber   Found: The Americas, Galapagos Islands
The American Flamingo has mainly pink plumage; red wing coverts; pink and white bill with black tip; pink legs.
Similar to: Chilean Flamingo. Chilean Flamingo has more black on its bill than American Flamingo. American Flamingo plumage is a deeper pink.
Image by: 1) Dick - San Diego Zoo  2) Pablo Leautard - Mexico  3) Dick Daniels - Jacksonville Zoo 
    4) Sandy - Flamingo Gardens - Florida  5) Sandy - San Diego Zoo  6) Dick - Galapagos Islands



Flamingo, Chilean Phoenicopterus chilensis Found: North America (escaped), South America
The Chilean Flamingo has pale pink plumage; grayish legs with pink joints; black bill (more than half).
Similar to: American Flamingo. Chilean Flamingo has more black on its bill.
Similar to: Andean Flamingo. Andean Flamingo has a black rump. Chilean Flamingo does not have yellow on its bill.
Image by: 1) Sandy Cole - Sylvan Heights  2, 3) Dick Daniels - Sylvan Heights     4) Dick - North Carolina Zoo   5) Dick - The Flamingos Wildife Reserve in Las Vegas  6) Dick - San Francisco Zoo
1) Juvenile


Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus   Found: North America (escaped), Europe, Asia, Africa
The Greater Flamingo has mainly pale pink plumage; red wing coverts; black flight feathers; pink legs; pink bill with black tip.
Similar to: Lesser Flamingo. Lesser Flamingo has all black bill; Greater Flamingo has black just at tip of bill. Greater Flamingo is the largest flamingo species.
Image by: 1) William Warby - London Zoo  2) Cristiano Crolle - Walvis Bay, Namibia   3) Andrea Scaffer - France  4) Ferran Pestana - Spain   5) Aschaf - France    6) Dick Daniels - Birds of Eden, South Africa  7) Dick - Tanzania


Flamingo, Lesser Phoenicopterus minor  Found: North America (escaped), Africa
The Lesser Flamingo has mainly pale pink plumage; red wing coverts; black flight feathers; pink legs; black bill.
Similar to: Greater Flamingo. Lesser Flamingo has all black bill; Greater Flamingo has black just at tip of bill. Greater Flamingo is the largest flamingo species.
Image by: 1) David Bygott - London Zoo  2) Cristiano Crolle -  Swakopmund Namibia   3) Angell Williams - Kenya  4, 5, 9) Dick Daniels - Lake Naivasha, Kenya    6) Darren Bellerby - Kenya   7) Jerry Friedman - Kenya  8) Dick - Tanzania




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