Story Behind the Photo: American Flamingo
The most colorful of the six species of Flamingos, the American Flamingo is native to the Caribbean and some areas of Central and South America. The secret to their intense pink feathers is in their diet of crustaceans and algae, filtered in their unique shaped beaks. While you are more likely to find plastic pink flamingo lawn ornaments in Florida, there are a few American Flamingos that come to south Florida to breed each year. The Sarasota Jungle Gardens in Sarasota, FL, has a rather large flock of American Flamingos that are allowed to roam freely, one of the few flocks in zoos around the county permitted to do so. Much larger in person that I expected, American Flamingos can grow up to 57″ tall with a wingspan just as large, and are quite the noisy bunch!