These two American Flamingos looked to me as if they were trying to find some peace and quiet amongst all of the hustle and bustle around them at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Living amongst Wood Storks, Brown Pelicans, Sandhill Cranes and White Ibises, the Flamingos at the park certainly stand out in the crowd. As one of the loudest inhabitants of the bird habitat, they are even more vocal in the spring when it is mating season and are often seen giving beautiful displays of their colorful feathers to attract a mate.
The most colorful of the six species of Flamingos, the American Flamingo is native to the Caribbean and some areas of Central and South America. The secret to their intense pink feathers is in their diet of crustaceans and algae, filtered in their unique shaped beaks. While you are more likely to find plastic pink flamingo lawn ornaments in Florida, there are a few American Flamingos that come to south Florida to breed each year. The Sarasota Jungle Gardens in Sarasota, FL, has a rather large flock of American Flamingos that are allowed to roam freely, one of the few flocks in zoos around the county permitted to do so. Much larger in person that I expected, American Flamingos can grow up to 57″ tall with a wingspan just as large, and are quite the noisy bunch!