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Galapagos Flamingos or Caribbean Flamingos or American Flamimgos are gregarious, wading birds that belong to a family of large, brilliantly coloured aquatic birds whose habitats are alkaline or saline lakes. Long legs and a long, curved neck are characteristic of all flamingo species. All flamingos are found in tropical and subtropical areas. Galapagos Flamingos reside in the salt-water lagoons hidden in the lava fields behind the coast of the Galapagos Islands.
A highly social species of bird, flamingos in Galapagos are possibly an exception to the rule as they breed successfully in smaller numbers than anywhere else, possibly an adaptation to their overall smaller population and restricted distribution.
The American flamingo in Galapagos is considered to be the most brightly colored flamingo in the world. Their diet is primarily brine shrimp, Artemia,which in the lagoons of Galapagos pick up their carotenoids by feeding on unicellular algae and protozoa.
Amazing Flamingo Facts:
Flamingos can only eat with their head upside down. Their beaks have lamellae (thin, flat membranes) which are used to filter the mud.
Flamingos may rest either sitting down with their legs tucked beneath them or standing on one leg.
Flamingos are the bird with the longest neck and the longest legs compared with body size.
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- [2014-01-27 3:42]
Very nice photo of this flamingo in good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Good contrast against the dark background.
Ciao Manyee, great capture of lovely flamingo, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2014-01-27 15:50]
Thank you very much for these beautiful captures, Manyee! Thanks for providing such a comprehensive collection of the fauna of the Galapagos Islands, which obviously is not often enjoy.