Caribbean flamingo

The Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is a striking bird known for its vibrant pink plumage and long, slender neck. The Caribbean flamingo distribution by country:

  1. Caribbean Islands: The Caribbean flamingo is primarily found in the islands of the Caribbean region, including:
    • Cuba
    • Hispaniola (shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic)
    • The Bahamas
    • Cayman Islands
    • Jamaica
    • Lesser Antilles (including islands such as Barbados, Antigua, and St. Lucia)
  2. Central and South America: Caribbean flamingos are also found along the coasts of Central and South America, including:
    • Coastal areas of Mexico, particularly the Yucatan Peninsula
    • Coastal regions of Central America, including Belize, Honduras, and Panama
    • Northern regions of South America, including Venezuela, Colombia, and the Guianas

Caribbean flamingos inhabit coastal lagoons, estuaries, mangrove swamps, and saline lakes where they feed on small crustaceans, mollusks, and algae. They are highly social birds and often gather in large flocks, especially during breeding season when they perform elaborate courtship displays. Their striking pink coloration is due to their diet, which is rich in carotenoid pigments found in their prey.

Caribbean flamingo in Zoos

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