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]
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Riled Up
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(Date Photographed: 14:14:53 Friday 10 November 2017)
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A few of the flamingo became suddenly riled up and pranced about with wings spread.


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On Parade
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(Date Photographed: 14:14:40 Friday 10 November 2017)
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Four flamingo and two ducks formed an informal parade with an audience of one.


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Flamingo Enclosure
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(Date Photographed: 14:14:36 Friday 10 November 2017)
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The flamingo enclosure was not very large, but did include a small waterfall and a few ducks.


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Not Pleased
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(Date Photographed: 14:14:57 Friday 10 November 2017)
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This flamingo was clearly not pleased by the lens pointed at its eye.


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First Sign
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(Date Photographed: 14:15:05 Friday 10 November 2017)
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The first of two signs showed "Flamingos of the world," their relative sizes, and colorations.


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Second Sign
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The second of two signs identified all the birds in the enclosure. It also identified the flamingos present as "Lesser Flamingo."


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