April 07, 2021

F - Flamingos

Beautiful flamingos are another famous Florida icon that might come to mind when you think of the Sunshine State. As most of you probably know, very few Floridians or visitors ever see flamingos in the wild here.

It's been long debated whether or not flamingos are native to Florida. Turns out there is documentation that back in the 1800s there were thousands of flocks here. Overhunting all but wiped them out. As of 2018 it was finally settled, flamingos are now believed to be indigenous to Florida. Now that their status has changed, there will be more habitat protections put in place.

There is currently a large colony in the Florida Everglades and another colony that has been spotted in Palm Beach County every spring. There have been a few more sightings in recent years in other areas of the state as well. 

Photo taken at Busch Gardens, Tampa Florida

I would love to see the day flamingos will be strolling our beaches and landing in our back yards like all our other big beautiful birds. In the mean time there are many zoos and tourist attractions here in Florida where they can be seen and even hand fed. I guess that will have to do for now.

More Florida fun on the way tomorrow for the A to Z Challenge!

90 comments:

  1. They are beautiful birds, and I hope that one will come knocking on your door one day! I have only seen them in zoos. Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

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    1. I hope so too, but that's not likely. I've only seen them at zoos and attractions too. Hugs!

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  2. Flamingos are beautiful. I hope your dream comes true to see the flamingos on your beaches and in your backyard. Stay safe.

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    1. That would be so amazing, but I'm sure it will take many years before they are a common sight, and that's if it ever happens at all.

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  3. They sure are pretty.

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    1. Flamingos are my favorite bird ever!

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  4. I do hope they can reestablish in their native lands. The thought of seeing a huge flock of them is breathtaking. A big sigh at greedy, shortsighted hunters. The world over.

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    1. I totally agree with you on all the above!

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  5. They are an extraordinary bird. I love seeing them but it has been a very long time. Loved the photo! Hope they get the protection they need.

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  6. I have seen them in our local zoos. They are so pretty and elegant!

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    1. I agree Angie, they are my all time favorite bird!

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  7. Hello,

    The flamingos are beautiful birds. It would be great to see them make a come back.
    Take care, enjoy your day!

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    1. I sure hope they will be able to! Enjoy your day too Eileen!

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  8. Your birds are just gorgeous Martha!

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  9. I had no idea that the flamingos were almost hunted to extinction in Florida, Martha. So glad these magnificent birds have made a comeback.

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    1. Me too and thankfully they are protected now!

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  10. I believe the American flamingos winter in South America. They are considered migratory birds, aren't they? Or do you find them in Florida year around? We had a rogue white great flamingo here near corpus for two years. I can't remember what part of the world it originated...(a zoo escapee).

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    1. It was a Greater Flamingo...from Africa
      http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com/2016/10/an-african-bird-making-its-home-along.html

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    2. What an amazing sighting Anni and what a gorgeous bird! Flamingos are considered non-migratory but some of the info out there is a bit confusing. The information I read about the colony in the Everglades said they keep coming back every year. I'd call that migrating wouldn't you?

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  11. Such unique and beautiful birds. I'm enjoying learning about the birds in Florida.

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    1. They really are Cathy and I'm glad you are enjoying the posts. :)

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  12. I've always had a thing for flamingos. They were part of my classroom decor when I taught highschool for years and years. I even had the pink plastic ones, just for fun.

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    1. I have a thing for them too Nance. I collect them, especially vintage Florida flamingo souvenirs. :)

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  13. I find flamingos so beautiful. This is a great shot and good entry in your A-Z!

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    1. Thanks Jeanie. They are my favorite birds!

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  14. Such a tropical icon, I would love to see flamingos strolling around freely! I am glad they are now protected, such an incredibly beautiful bird!

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    1. Can you just imagine seeing them out on your dock hanging around with Freddy?!

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  15. They are just gorgeous! x

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  16. They are truly unique and beautiful birds! Love that pink colour!

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    1. Who could resist a big pink bird?!

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  17. I do love flamings, the only ones I'se seen have been in zoos. They should be a protected bird. I've also seen many fllamingos in yard decorations. My neighbors across the street have some in their flower bed. They do remind us of summer and warm climates.

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    1. I love them too Ma. Lots of people have those plastic ones in their yards here. They are fun to see.

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  18. I have only seen many times the flock that lives in Jungle gardens, they are amazing and i have many photos of them. I would love to see them out in our state like the Egrets and Cranes and ibis. maybe one day. i had no idea they were ever wild here.. why in the world would people hunt them!

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    1. It's funny you mentioned that, somehow in all the years I've been here I've never been to Jungle Gardens. I need to go! It would be so great to see them out roaming free here but I doubt if it will happen during our lifetime but you never know! Oh, sadly the flamingos were hunted for their beautiful feathers :(

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  19. Never seen them in the wild only in a zoo in Fla. They are pretty.

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    1. I've never seen them in the wild either but I sure would love to.

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  20. beautiful...

    I suppose they were slaughtered for their feathers, to adorn lady's hats and etc.

    Mmmmmm, if they were all over the place, what would be the size of their "waste"? -evil grin- I know, only I, would think of that. >,-)

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    1. Yes, sadly they were hunted for their feathers :(

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  21. They are such a unique bird...I wish they visited us every now and then...lol

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    1. They really are and I sure wish they would visit me too! :)

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  22. I didn't know they were rare to see in the wild there. Such unusual birds.

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    1. Yep, I've lived here my entire life and have never seen one in the wild, hopefully someday.

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  23. I've never seen a flamingo in real life. How beautiful they are!!!! ~Andrea xoxo

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    1. I hope you will be able to see them someday Andrea, they are amazing!

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  24. I can't imagine hunting them; did people EAT them? They are so delightfully colored and elegant. They don't look real, more like a cartoon bird. Hope they can make a come back!!

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    1. They are so gorgeous! Sadly there were hunted for their feathers. :(

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  25. Beautiful birds, I have seen them in Busch Gardens.
    Thanks for sharing the information. Again. a lesson for me.

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    1. That's where I took the photo, but I've seen them at quite a few different places in captivity here. I'm glad I'm being informative in these posts! :)

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  26. This reminds me of the old Florida Lottery commercial: "Walk this way to 7-11, follow the flamingo, walk this way." (I"ve no idea why that jingle's been stuck in my head all these years.)

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    1. I don't remember that one Myra, but now you have me curious. I'm going to have to go try to look it up.

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    2. I found lots of funny stuff but couldn't find that one. Maybe it will come to me sooner or later.

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  27. We love the mingos!!! We had a pink flamingo Christmas Tree on year.

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    1. I bet it was beautiful, I would have loved to see it!

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  28. A beautiful bird and so pretty to see. The only ones I've ever seen are the plastic versions that people use for lawn ornaments. :)

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    1. They are gorgeous Bill. I hope you'll get to see one in person someday.

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  29. They are beautiful birds, and as we all learned from Walt Disney, they make great croquet mallets!

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    1. I'd forgotten all about that until you mentioned it! :D

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  30. Goodness, is there ANYTHING that man won't hunt? Why would they kill flamingos? Surely not to eat them, and I have never seen one stuffed and mounted either.

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    1. Sadly Ginny they were killed strictly for their beautiful pink feathers. :(

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  31. Such gorgeous birds. The colour is incredible!

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  32. Oh Martha, Jess LOVES flamingos! They are such a funny, unique, and wonderful bird. They are one of the most beautiful birds to me. I have only seen them at the Zoo, and their long skinny legs crack me up. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. I agree with everything you said Sheri! Not to mention magnificent and majestic. They are my all time favorite bird. I also collect vintage Florida souvenir flamingos. I love everything about them!

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  33. I've read that the pink in their feathers come from their diet of shrimp! I've only seen them in the zoos (and, of course, the plastic lawn ornaments!)

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    1. Yep, that's supposedly where their color comes from - but I eat a lot of shrimp and I don't look the least bit rosey lol!

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    2. Ha, ha; you have to eat the shrimp peels!

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    3. Nope, not doing it lol!

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  34. Flamingos are so elegant and beautiful. The only ones we ever see are plastic ones stuck on someone's lawn when they are celebrating an important birthday.

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    1. We see a lot of those around here too lol!

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  35. Hopefully their numbers will bounce back.

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    1. I sure hope so, but it will probably take many years.

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  36. They are such cool birds! I hope their number grows.

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    1. They are the coolest ever! I hope their numbers grow too. It's looking good so far although nothing drastic yet.

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  37. Such beautiful and interesting birds and one that probably everyone recognizes.

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  38. They'll always be 'mingoes' in our house, which is the way my daughter said the word when she was small. I think they are so beautiful and so unusual.

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    1. That's so cute, I love the mingoes too! :)

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  39. Flamingos are so beautiful...I have only seen them in the zoo, as I have never been to Florida or Africa. Did you ever see the film, 'Out of Africa'? I loved the scene where Robert Redford takes Meryl Streep up in the airplane, and they fly above a flying flock of flamingos. Truly lovely.

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    1. I don't think I ever saw it, but of course now I will have to watch it! You have to come visit Florida one of these days, and not just the theme park scene.

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  40. Glad to hear that is finally settled! They are such beautiful birds! Seeing them roam the beaches would be awesome!

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  41. Flamingos are just so beautiful.

    All the best Jan

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  42. What a fun post. I honestly never thought about where they were from. How interesting! I'd love to see more of them in the wild too; they are lovely.

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    1. It really would be amazing to see them around our state, hopefully we'll be around to see them become more common at least.

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