If you're a fan of pink you'll love our Caribbean flamingos. There are five types of flamingo in the world and these are the pinkest!

What's more, you'll be tickled pink by their tendency to show off. They like a bit of a dance and have some great moves.

You can even watch them from home on our webcam and in the breeding season you will see them strutting together, flashing their heads from left to right, or saluting each other by standing still like statues, heads high in the air and enormous wings open wide.

Wild flamingos live in big flocks and spend lots of time posing to impress mates. In the wild they live for about 30 years, though those in zoos tend to have a longer lifespan.

We have over 100 Caribbean flamingos and we give them regular health checks to monitor their size, weight and fitness.

For years we weren't very successful breeding flamingos because a lot of nests were disturbed by other birds in the flock or by marauding gulls, pinching eggs. Then our innovative bird keepers tried removing the eggs soon after they were laid and putting them in incubators till just before they're due to hatch.

Parent birds are now given a wooden “dummy” egg, fixed to the nest. Once a chick starts to hatch the egg is returned to its parents, who then hatch and rear it. The idea has been so successful it's now used at many other zoos.

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Interesting facts

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Where they live: The Caribbean and Galapagos, Central and South America.

Habitat: Saline lagoons, salt pans, mangroves and coastal areas.

Diet: Aquatic invertebrates, such as crustaceans, molluscs, worms and insects and aquatic plants such as algae.

Weight: 2.1 – 4.1kg

Threats: Drainage of suitable habitat and the creation of salt pans have had an impact on the population of this species. Habitat loss due to land reclamation for development and holiday resorts in some areas.

Scientific Name: Phoenicopterus ruber