Colored Crimson: There are five species of flamingo, ranging in height from under 32 inches to over 50 inches. Feather color also varies according to species, ranging from pale pink to crimson or vermilion. Feather color is a reflection of the food the flamingo eats, which is high in alpha- and beta-carotene.

Taste for the Unusual: This distinctive, long-legged bird can be found in mangrove swamps, lagoons, lakes or other brackish water of Central and South America, the West Indies and the Galapagos Islands, where seeds, blue-green algae, crustaceans, and mollusks, algae, mollusks, and larvae chrysalides of brine-flies and brine-shrimps can be easily sifted from the water and mud.