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 photographed American Flamingo chick was born on 18 March 2019 in the Paris Zoo in France, so it is now 8 months old. It was first photographed when it was one month old.
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.
[Location of photographs: Paris Zoo, France]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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