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Caribbean Flamingos

Scientific name: Phoenicopterus ruber
Order: Phoenicopteriformes
Family: Phoenicopteridae

Also called American Flamingo

The American Flamingo breeds in the Galápagos, coastal Colombia, Venezuela and nearby islands, besides the Guyanas and Cape Orange in Brazil. It also breeds in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, and in the northern Caribbean in the Bahamas, Hispaniola, Cuba and the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is the only flamingo which naturally inhabits North America.

Like all flamingos, it lays a single chalky white egg on a mud mound, between May and August; incubation until hatching takes from 28 to 32 days; both parents brood the young for a period of up to 6 years when they reach sexual maturity. Their life expectancy of 40 years is one of the longest in birds.

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Canon EOS 30D ,Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
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vicente machado 05-Jun-2010 00:10
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