American Flamingo: from Juvenile to Adult

Some animals have young that look like a similar but miniature version of the adult. Other animals have young that look very different from the adult.

The young (juvenile) American Flamingo looks very different from its parents.

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 juvenile flamingo has fluffy grey feathers. The adult flamingo has reddish-pink well-defined feathers. It takes 2-3 years for the juvenile flamingo to gain its pink feathers.

Adult American Flamingo (left) and juvenile (right)

The juvenile flamingo has black legs. The adult flamingo has pink legs.

The juvenile flamingo has a large greyish-white beak. The adult flamingo has a large pink and black beak.

The juvenile flamingo has black eyes. The adult flamingo has greenish-yellow eyes with a small, round, black pupil. 

Adult American Flamingo (left) and juvenile (right)
Adult American Flamingo (left) and juvenile (right)
American Flamingo (adult)
American Flamingo (juvenile)

[Location of photographs: Paris Zoo, France]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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