Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Species: Phoenicopterus rubber (Caribbean), Phoenicopterus chilensis (Chilean)
Geographic Range: Africa, Asia, North America, Central America, South America, Europe
Size: 3 to 6 feet tall, 3.5 to 5 foot wingspan
Lifespan: 20-30 years
Conservation status: Least concern (Caribbean), Near threatened (Chilean)
Find them in the Bird Yard (on display seasonally)Map
- The flamingo’s pink color comes from the food it eats, including small aquatic insets and crustaceans.
- Flamingos can live from 20-30 years in the wild, and even longer in captivity.
- Long legs and necks allow flamingos to feed in deeper water than other wading birds.
- Flamingos are quite comfortable resting while standing on only one leg.