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  Order Phoenicopteriformes - Flamingos
   Family Phoenicopteridae - Flamingos
  Flamingos are a mosaic of ducks and storks with long necks, long legs, webbed feet, and a bill that is inflated and bent in the middle. They feed on small aquatic organisms and plankton which they filter from shallow water using their unique bill and fleshy tongue. The color of their plumage comes from the carotenoid canthaxanthin derived from their food and sequestered in their feathers.
   Flamingos are social, feeding in groups and nesting in colonies. They build a cylindrical column of stones and mud with a depression on top and lay one egg. Young are downy and form crèches where they are fed. 
     
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  Greater (Caribbean) Flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber
 
USGS     Wiki     ToL     EoL
        OCCURRENCE? - Rare visitor / Accidental
            SHALLOW SALINE WATERS
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   Greater (Caribbean) Flamingo. Sibley and Monroe, (1992) use the first name (Greater), Clements (2007) the second (Caribbean). The flamingo Is taller than other waders and has very long legs. The adult is a uniform pink with dull, pink legs. The bill is pale at the tip and is conspicuously bent with pink and a black tip. Flamingos feed by placing their bill upside down in the water and moving it from side to side, capturing prey by touch. They generally feed in areas of high salinity and nest on mud mounds in shallow water. The downy young are goose-like in appearance and actively follow their parents to feed. They are semiprecocial.
   Flamingos breed in the Caribbean and northern South America and are rare in south Florida in winter. There is one breeding group at Hialeah Park in Dade Co. Most birds seen are escapes from captivity. Note that healthy groups are also maintained at Disney Land near Orlando in Florida.
Greater Flamingo
 
Greater Flamingos, Disney World. Orlando.
 
  NOTES:
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      Cape Romain - accidental.
   Avendex: 6 records, including 8 seen on Bull's Island May 16, 1979. All records between May and early August.
   Potter: Rare visitor on the coast from September to January; rare in the spring. Because this bird may escape from zoological gardens, records are questionable. The species breeds on the islands of the Greater and Lesser Antilles and along the northern coast of South America. Post-breeding dispersal is possible. Prior to 1900, flocks of Bahamian birds regularly migrated to the Florida Bay.
  ●  Accidental. Not likely on Seabrook. Most likely in the Duneloft-Deer Pointe marsh?
 
  Banner - Greater Flamingo, Punta Cormorant, Floreana, Galapagos.
   
   
   
   
   
 

       
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