Crazy flamingos at the New Orleans Zoo

Need a little shot of color in your world?  Check out this vivid color of the American Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber), or Caribbean Flamingos as they are sometimes (inaccurately) called .

Photo is color accurate -- no Photoshop enhancement of color.

Photo is color accurate — no Photoshop enhancement of color was done here.

Flamingos have the odd habit of turning their head upside down to feed.  The sieve that removes tiny food particles suspended in the water is located in the upper part of the bill.  A carotenoid-rich diet keeps their pink-orange colors vibrant.

Flamingos have the odd habit of turning their head upside down to feed. The sieve that removes tiny food particles suspended in the water is located in the upper part of the bill. A carotenoid-rich diet keeps their pink-orange colors vibrant.

The flamingos were putting on quite a show today.  The whole group participated in some sort of wild courtship ritual that started out slowly with a few honks and a lot of robotic-like head twisting, and then escalated to much higher volume and frequency of honks and twists, wing flaps by various males (at 30 sec in the video), and finally strutting in unison to the military-like whistles of some bird or other (at 40 sec in the video).  This is illustrated in the video below (I hope).

MVI 4096 from Sue Chaplin on Vimeo.

11 thoughts on “Crazy flamingos at the New Orleans Zoo

  1. Love flamingos! One escaped from the aviary here and settled down on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, where he lived for years.

  2. seems like they share the salmons’ and shrimps’ diet … stunning colours …. although I will never say that about a salmon …

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