Aquatic invertebrates, such as crustaceans, molluscs, worms and insects and aquatic plants like algae
These flamingos can be found in saline lagoons, salt pans, mangroves and coastal areas of the Caribbean and Galapagos, and Central and South America.
Flamingo chicks are born with straight beaks. They start to curve when the chick is about a month old.
Caribbean flamingos have shocking pink feathers which are the most colourful of all flamingo species.
Flamingos live in big flocks and live for around 30 years. Their iconic pink feathers are made waterproof by a preen gland which releases an oil. The colouration of their feathers comes from the tiny plants and invertebrates they eat!
Flamingos are monogamous birds, usually laying only one egg per year, 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.
The drainage of Caribbean flamingos habitat and the creation of salt pans has had an impact on the population of this species. Habitat loss due to land reclamation for development and holiday resorts in some areas is also a threat to these flamingos.
COMING SOON – LATIN AMERICAN WETLAND AVIARY
Our Caribbean flamingos are currently off-show settling into one of our new state-of-the-art holding areas which will be their temporary home, until they return to their brand new habitat – the Latin American Wetland Aviary – later this year!
For all the latest information on the Latin American Wetland Aviary, just click below!