At a Glance
Until about 1900, flocks of flamingos from the Bahamas regularly migrated to Florida Bay, in what is now Everglades National Park. Today, most flamingos 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.
All bird guide text and rangemaps adapted from Lives of North American Birds by Kenn Kaufman© 1996, used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Flamingos, Long-legged Waders
Coasts and Shorelines, Saltwater Wetlands
Direct Flight, Rapid Wingbeats
Range & Identification
48" (1.2 m). W. 4'7 (1.4 m). Tall and thin. Much longer neck and legs than Roseate Spoonbill, and strikingly different bill shape. Adults are bright pink all over, bill with pink base and black tip. Immatures are paler and grayer. Note: other species of flamingos, escaped from zoos, are sometimes seen.
About the size of a Heron
Black, Pink, Tan
Songs and Calls
Goose-like honking and cackling notes.
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