The American Flamingo is a wading bird, its name deriving from the spanish word flamengo, which translates to "flame-colored. Flamingo are social creatures, typically living in large colonies. Most of their day is spent day filter feeding for shrimp, blue-green algae, insect larvae, small insects, mollusks and crustaceans. The pink hue of American flamingos derives from a diet of plankton and plant materials, rich in carotenoids. Both sexes perform a synchronized breeding courtship ritual which includes standing in a large group, stretching their necks towards the sky, uttering calls while rapidly turning their head side to side as if looking before crossing the rode, and then flapping their wings.
* The flamingo has the longest neck and longest legs in comparison to its body size. *flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down. * most of their plumage is bright pink in contrast to the paler European or African species. *The Galapagos flamingo is believed to be monogamous and tends to stay with the same mate for a lifetime.