Portrait of American Flamingo

FLAMINGOS AT THE MARYLAND ZOO

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  • Location: Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • Source: www.marylandzoo.org
  • Info: Live streaming webcam showing the American or Caribbean flamingos at the Maryland Zoo.

    The American flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) also known as the Caribbean flamingo is a large species of flamingo closely related to the greater flamingo and Chilean flamingo and is the only flamingo to naturally inhabit North America. In their natural habitat, the flamingos diet consists of algae, crustaceans, and brine shrimp. The invertebrates in its food are rich in pigments called carotenoids, which give the flamingo its characteristic orangey pink colour.