are divided up into four species. One flamingo is called
the Greater Flamingo which lives in Africa, Southern Asia,
Europe, Southern South America, and the West Indies. Another
type of flamingo is the Lesser Flamingo. This type of flamingo
lives in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya and Tanzania of
Africa. The other two species are Andean and James Flamingos
which are rare and can be found near the highland lakes
of the Andes Mountains in South America.
Once, wild flamingos lived in Southern Florida but, people
killed them for their beautiful feathers faster than the
birds could make babies. Would you do that? I hope not.
The American flamingo has an extremely slim rose-pink wading
bird as tall as a Great Blue Heron but much more slender.
It feeds with it's bill or head immersed. In flight it shows
much black in the wings; its extremely long neck is extended
droopily in front and the long legs trail behind, giving
the impression that the bird might easily fly backward as
forward. Pale washed-out birds may be escapes from zoos
as the color often fades under captive conditions. Immatures
are also much paler than normal adults.