Recognize this??. Kristen Henriksen 12/10/09. Flamingos:. Kingdom: Animal Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Phoenicopteriformes Family: Phoenicopteridae Genus: Phoenicopterus Species: ruber. Fast Facts:.
Kristen Henriksen 12/10/09
Location: Africa, South America, India, Mediterranean and Caribbean regions
Habitat: Shallow salt lakes or lagoons
Food: Brine shrimp, brine flies, diatoms, copepods, algae
Resources: Unpredictable and variable
Predators: Humans, yellow-billed hawk, foxes
Social System: Live in colonies, form pair bonds
Mating System: Monogamy
The shape of flamingo's filtering bill determines its diet.
A flamingo will either have a shallow or a deep-keeled bill.
Flamingo vocalizations range from nasal honking to grunting or growling. Flamingos are generally very noisy birds.
Vocalizations play an important role in keeping flocks together as well as in ritualized displays. Specific calls are used in conjunction with certain behaviors.
Vocalizations are used in parent-chick recognition.
How they communicate:
- Flamingos live from 20 to 30 years in their natural surroundings. They can survive even longer in captivity.
- In the wild, flamingos may live as long as 50 years if they are left undisturbed by humans and have enough to eat.
When flamingos migrate, they like to do their flying mainly at night. They prefer to have a cloudless sky and favorable tailwinds. They can travel approximately (373 miles) in one night at about 31-37 mph. When traveling during the day, the flamingos fly at high altitudes, possibly to avoid predation by eagles.