Flamingo
Order: Circoniiformes
Family: Phoenicopteridae

What do flamingos look like?
Flamingos are tall, large bodied birds with long necks and small heads. They are mostly recognized by their pink plumage. Flamingos stand between 31 and 57 inches and weigh approximately 4 to 6.5 pounds.

Where in the world can you find flamingos?
In the wild, flamingos inhabit tropical and warm temperature environments in South American and the Caribbean. A small population of flamingos are located in the Galapagos. Mostly, they are found near shallow saltwater lagoons and lakes.

How do flamingos move?
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What do flamingos eat?
Their diet includes algae, diatoms, and aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans and mollusks.

Are flamingos endangered animals?
Because flamingos live in remote, inhospitable places, they have few natural predators. Their greatest problems are humans, who destroy the birds habitat by changing the natural processes that occur on land and in the past have valued their vibrant colored feathers. The greatest challenge to flamingos are habitat destruction and exploitation.

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