All about birds in the family Phoenicopteridae—the iconic and fascinating flamingos.

July 8, 2022

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This is Episode 55. It’s all about birds in the avian family Phoenicopteridae. These are the flamingos.

No doubt you already know a fun fact or two about flamingos. These birds are crowd pleasers that get a lot of attention. But today we’re doing a deep dive into their biology. I’m hoping that along the way, you’ll pick up some new flamingo trivia that you can impress your friends with.

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Photos of Some Species Mentioned

Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) towering over Lesser Flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor). Photo by YK/Adobe.
American Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber). Photo by Yathin Krishnappa/Wikimedia.
American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber). Photo by Amaury Laporte/Wikimedia.
Andean Flamingos (Phoenicoparrus andinus) in Bolivia. Photo by Diego Delso/Wikimedia.
Andean Flamingos (Phoenicoparrus andinus). Photo by Thomas Fuhrmann/Wikimedia.
Lesser Flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor). Photo by Raju Kasambe/Wikimedia.
American Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) with nests and chicks. Photo by Gudkovandrey/Adobe.


  • James's Flamingo sounds (Xeno Canto recordings XC2473)

This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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