Flamingos As Zoo Bird Animals
Flamingos or flamingoes are a type of wading bird in the family Phoenicopteridae, the only family in the order Phoenicopteriformes. There are four flamingo species in the Americas and two species in the Old World. [from wikipedia]
Flamingo at the Oregon Zoo San Francisco Zoo Wildlife Safari
Flamingo at the Oregon Zoo in Washington Park Portland, Oregon

Traditionally, the long-legged Ciconiiformes, probably a paraphyletic assemblage, have been considered the flamingos' closest relatives and the family was included in the order. Usually the ibises and spoonbills of the Threskiornithidae were considered their closest relatives within this order. Earlier genetic studies, such as those of Charles Sibley and colleagues, also supported this relationship. Relationships to the waterfowl were considered as well, especially as flamingos are parasitized by feather lice of the genus Anaticola, which are otherwise exclusively found on ducks and geese. [from wikipedia]

San Francisco Zoo Chilian Flamingos As Zoo Bird Animals

Chilean flamingos live in shallow brackish salt water lakes, coastal estuaries, and lagoons. Their geographic range includes central Peru, and south along the Andes to Tierra del Fuego. Flamingos have an elongated, sinuous neck, short tails, and a long wingspan. The plumage of the Chilean flamingo is paler than other species. Colors vary within a range of white, pale pink, rose, salmon to black. [from SF Zoo website]

Wildlife Safari Chilian Flamingos As Zoo Bird Animals

The plumage on the Chilean Flamingo is pinker than the slightly larger Greater Flamingo, but less so than Caribbean Flamingo. It can be differentiated from these species by its grayish legs with pink joints and also by the larger amount of black on the bill (more than half). Young chicks may have no sign of pink coloring whatsoever, but instead remain grey. [from Wildlife Safari website]

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