American Flamingo

About the American Flamingo

Also known as: Caribbean Flamingo, Rosy Flamingo
Of the six species of flamingo, the American Flamingo is the only species of flamingo naturally found in North America. They range from northern South America through parts of the Caribbean and into southern Florida in the United States. It is also known as the Caribbean Flamingo and was previously known as the Rosy Flamingo.

American Flamingos are highly gregarious and are known to only breed when in a large colony of birds -- usually at least 50 birds but up to thousands. Flamingos feed in shallow water, filtering out food items from the water with sieve-like structures on their beak called lamellae.

The American Flamingo has the brightest pink plumage of all the flamingo species. All flamingos get their pink plumage from the food they eat.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 18 April 2018
Scientific Name
Phoenicopterus ruber
  • Phoenicopteriformes
  • Phoenicopteridae
  • Phoenicopterus
  • P. ruber
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 3 June 2018)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
47 to 57 inches
55 to 65 inches
74 to 144 ounces


International Names

Brazilian Flamingo
Chinese 大红鹳
Czech plameňák americký
Danish Cariberflamingo
Dutch Caribische Flamingo
Finnish karibianflamingo
French Flamant des Caraïbes
German Kubaflamingo
Italian Fenicottero americano
Japanese オオフラミンゴ [oofuramingo]
Norwegian Rødflamingo
Polish flaming karmazynowy
Portuguese Flamingo
Russian Красный фламинго
Spanish Flamenco rojo
Swedish karibisk flamingo
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