Photo: Lorenzo Cassina/Audubon Photography Awards

American Flamingo

Phoenicopterus ruber

Until about 1900, flocks of flamingoes from the Bahamas regularly migrated to Florida Bay, in what is now Everglades National Park. Today, most flamingoes seen on the loose in North America are considered suspect, as possible escapees from aviaries or zoos. However, some of those appearing in Florida Bay may still be wanderers from Bahamian colonies, and some seen in coastal Texas may come from colonies on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
Family Flamingos
Until about 1900, flocks of flamingoes from the Bahamas regularly migrated to Florida Bay, in what is now Everglades National Park. Today, most flamingoes seen on the loose in North America are considered suspect, as possible escapees from aviaries or zoos. However, some of those appearing in Florida Bay may still be wanderers from Bahamian colonies, and some seen in coastal Texas may come from colonies on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
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Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
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Goose-like honking and cackling notes.
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