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Chilean FlamingoPhoenicopterus chilensis

The familiar pink color flamingos are known for is the result of carotenoid pigments found in the flamingo’s food – like shrimp.

Because they spend much of their time in water, flamingos stand on one leg in an effort to conserve body heat.  They raise their legs more in the winter than in the summer, but have an equal number of leg raises in the spring and fall.

Animal Class
Bird
Diet
Carnivore
Status in Wild
Vulnerable

Scarlet IbisEudocimus ruber

The males usually gather nesting materials, which they ritually present to the female.  The females build the nest.  Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the young regurgitated food.

They use their long bill for probing in soft mud and under plants to search for food.

Animal Class
Bird
Diet
Carnivore
Status in Wild
Stable

Inca TernLarosterna inca

Inca Terns fish for their food from above.  Their webbed feet are too small to propel them through the water effectively, so they fish for prey by hovering over the water at heights of around 50 feet.  The birds then splash into the water and emerge with their catch.  

Inca Terns have a distinctive call that sounds like a cat-like mew or high-pitched laugh, which is often accompanied by bowing gestures.

Animal Class
Bird
Diet
Carnivore
Status in Wild
Vulnerable

Flamingos

The beautiful birds that call this exhibit home include Chilean Flamingos, Scarlet Ibis and Inca Terns. Watch the Flamingo's in their pond in the greeting plaza right as guests enter the Zoo.

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