Flamingo Chick

The American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is a large wetland wading bird with reddish-pink feathers, a large beak, long legs, and a curved S-shaped neck. 

The adult Flamingo measures 120-145 centimetres (47-57 inches) tall. 

The female lays one egg on the muddy ground and both parents look after it. The egg hatches after 28-32 days. 

The chick has greyish-white feathers, and does not gain its pink colour for 2-3 years. Both parents look after the chick for the first six years of its life.

The photographed American Flamingo chick was born on 18 March 2019 in the Paris Zoo in France, so it is one month old. Zoologists at the Zoo are caring for the chick to ensure that it survives. 

American Flamingo (one month old)
American Flamingo
American Flamingo
American Flamingo
American Flamingo

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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