Here at our Flamingo Beach, many types of animals have made it their home. From our famous flamingos to Ibis, ducks and the occasional limpkin, we have may birds to meet.

American Flamingo

KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Phoenicopteriformes
FAMILY: Phoenicopteridae
GENUS: Phoenicopterus
SPECIES: Phoenicopterus ruber

POPULATION SIZE: 300,000
LIFE SPAN: 40-50 YRS
TOP SPEED: 60 KM/H
WEIGHT: 2.2-2.8 KG
HEIGHT: 120-140 CM
WINGSPAN: 1.5 M

The American flamingo is a large species of flamingo closely related to the greater flamingo and Chilean flamingo. Along with the greater flamingo, it has the longest legs relative to its body size of all birds. The bill bends characteristically downward, and at the base it is pale yellow, in the middle it is pink to orange, and the tip is black. Their plumage is deep pink/red/orange and they are the brightest in plumage of all flamingo species. The young birds are gray in color, their feathers slowly turning pink as they mature.

Fun Facts

  • The American flamingo, like all flamingos, is a noisy bird. Its voice plays an important part in keeping the flock together. Sounds vary according to the type of activity, usually low gabbling while feeding, and nasal honking during flight. Courtship displays may be accompanied by growling and grunting.
  • American flamingos sometimes feed while swimming, upending like ducks, paddling with their feet to keep their position. These large flamingos can reach down as far as 120-130 cm, which enables them to access more food.
  • Each day flamingos spend 15-30% of their time cleaning their feathers, spreading oil that is produced from a special gland over feathers with their beak.
  • The visible “knee” of a flamingo is, in fact, an ankle joint. The true knee is near to the body and is hidden by the feathers.
  • A flamingo’s neck has 19 bones and their feathers and beaks are made of a strong substance called keratin.

Glossy Ibis

KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Pelecaniformes
FAMILY: Threskiornithidae
GENUS: Plegadis
SPECIES: Plegadis falcinellus

POPULATION SIZE: 230,000-2.2M
LIFE SPAN: 26 YRS
WEIGHT: 485-970 G
LENGTH: 48-66 CM
WINGSPAN: 80-105 CM

The Glossy ibis is a medium-sized wading bird. They have long, slender, down-curved bill and magnificent plumage with shiny feathers. Breeding adults have reddish-brown bodies and shiny bottle-green wings. Non-breeders and juveniles have duller bodies. These birds have dark facial skin bordered above and below in blue-gray (non-breeding) to cobalt blue (breeding) and red-brown legs. Unlike herons, ibises fly with necks outstretched, their flight being graceful and often in V formation.

Fun Facts

  • The scientific name of the Glossy ibis comes from Ancient Greek plegados and Latin, falcis, both meaning “sickle” and referring to its distinctive shape of the bill.
  • The Glossy ibis is thought to have originated in the Old World and spread naturally from Africa to northern South America in the 19th century, from where it spread to North America. The Glossy ibis was first found in the New World in 1817 (New Jersey).
  • In ancient Egypt, the sacred ibis symbolized Thoth, the god of wisdom and learning.
  • The Glossy ibis has touch sensors on its bill which allow the bird to rapidly snap the bill closed when it encounters prey.

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