American Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber

A highly social animal, flamingos live in large flocks that can number in the thousands. They breed together at the same time and then once the offspring leave the nest, they are raised in several nurseries with a few adult flamingos.

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ORIGIN:
Southern United States, Caribbean, northern South America, the Middle East and Africa

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HABITAT:
Shallow salt water ares like lagoons and marshes

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
5-6 lbs; Females are smaller
Length: Up to 5 ft wingspan
Height: Up to 5 ft

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DIET:
Crustaceans, worms, mollusks, insects and algae

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PREDATORS:
Jaguar, crocodiles, humans and birds of prey

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Live in large flocks and ability to fly

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REPRODUCTION:
Lays 1 egg; Incubation 27-31 days

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THREATS:
Hunting and habitat loss

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Avg 20-30 yrs

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CONTACT BREVARD ZOO

8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940

phone: 321.254.9453

fax: 321.259.5966

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