The Floridian Flamingo

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YOU’VE SEEN THEM EVERYWHERE

ADORNING FLOWER BEDS AND POOLS, GRACING NEON SIGNS
AND GLASSES, PEEKING OUT FROM DRESSES AND SHIRTS

THE ICON OF THE TROPICS

BY DR. RUSCENA WIEDERHOLT

The mere mention of this wading bird conjures up images of white sand beaches and aqua blue water. While flamingo depictions have never strayed far from Florida, the history of the actual, living species is a different story. Bright pink, the American flamingo rivals only the Roseate spoonbill for its exuberant plumage. More than just a flashy cover, their plumage reveals their beta carotene and pigment rich diet of algae, plants, fish, insects, crustaceans and invertebrates. Easy to spot, foolproof to identify, it should be impossible to lose track of birds like that. So, we’d think…

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