Big color bird

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Juxtaposition. Sandhill Crane and Chilean Flamingo, together at the Palm Beach Zoo.

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Sandhill Cranes we see in Florida, Chilean Flamingos not so much.

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Not quite as large, but more intensely pink-orange… the American (aka Caribbean) Flamingo, also at the Palm Beach Zoo.

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Only recently have scientists concluded that YES flamingos are native to Florida.

Miami Herald: Is century-old flamingo mystery finally solved?

Early naturalists spotted plenty flamingos, but never made a definitive decision. A century later, after plume hunters ravaged the state, they’d mostly disappeared. Now, a comprehensive study recently published in the American Ornithological Society’s journal The Condor finally provides an answer: Flamingos are likely natives, though their footprint in Florida is as light as their hot pink feathers.

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I’d love to hop across the water someday and see the flamingos in the Bahamas, on Great Inagua Island. Over 80,000 of them!

Audubon: The Bahamas are filled with flamingos once again

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Flamingo feeding with its eyes open.

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That color! Love it.

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Ballerina bird.

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Tutu beautiful.

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